Slayton Enjoys Return Visit To Auburn

Speedster Darius Slayton discusses his trip to Auburn and what he likes about the Tigers.

Norcross, Ga.--A big defensive back from Greater Atlanta Christian School, Darius Slayton had made several trips already to Auburn making a return visit to see the Tigers on Saturday with his family. Getting to sit down with Gus Malzahn and assistant coaches Melvin Smith and Charlie Harbison, Slayton said everything about the visit was great.

"It was a long day, but I had a lot of fun," Slayton said. "I got to meet the whole coaching staff and got several opportunities to speak with coaches. I got a lot of good vibes from them. They are good people and they are good coaches. They all have great résumés, backgrounds of winning and coaching great players. It was a great experience."

Being recruited as a defensive back by the Tigers, but also with the ability to play wide receiver, Slayton spent much of his day around Smith and Harbison. Already very familiar with both from his previous trips and keeping in touch with them, he said having the chance to get to know them better was a big plus from his visit.

"Every time I really talk to someone from Auburn it's one of them," Slayton said. "When we went up there the first person we saw when we walked in the door was Coach Smith. We spent a lot of time with them, but we also got to spend a lot of time with Coach Malzahn. That was cool because it was good to meet him and get to know him as well."

Slayton's talk with Malzahn was important because of Slayton's thoughts about playing the offensive side of the ball. Adding that the head coach told him their plans for him on defense if he were to choose the Tigers, he also said that he plans to watch some offensive video as well to gauge his ability on that side of the ball moving forward.

Because of his indecision on which side of the ball to play, the speedster said he plans to take his time before making a choice.

"I wanted to wait a little bit into my senior football season because I'm not 100 percent sold on which side of the ball I want to play," Slayton said. "I want to play a little bit my senior season and they decide which side of the ball I want to play on. Then hopefully I'll make my college decision sometime in there."

Currently running track where he has a personal-best time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 meters, Slayton also met with Auburn track and field Coach Ralph Spry while on his visit. Considering that sport as well on the next level, he said at the moment he likes what he sees from the Tigers and feels sure they'll be in the running until the end for him.

"I don't really have much of a list so it's hard to put much of a standing, but I do like Auburn," Slayton said. "Whenever I decide to narrow down my list they will be towards the top.

"I like Georgia too," he added. "I have only been up there twice, but I like Georgia. We have been to Alabama and that was good. They had a lot of good things going on there."


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