Seeing what the Seattle Seahawks were able to do on defense last season with tall cornerbacks is a prime example of how effective those type of corners can be.
A prospect who fits what Smith is looking for is 6-1 Darius Slayton from Greater Atlanta Christian School. Frequently a visitor on the Plains, he was back again last weekend to check out the Tigers in their annual A-Day Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Taking in the sights and sounds along with a large group of family members, Slayton said that made the trip a different one for him.
"They're all big Auburn fans, big Auburn fans, so this was like a little bit of a dream come true for them to meet Coach (Gus) Malzahn and everything which was cool," Slayton said. "I was excited they that got to experience all that because it's not every day that you get to meet people you idolize and things like that so it was cool to watch them and they had a good time.
"With my family being here and everything it was a little bit of a different experience, but I was just happy that they helped them," he added of Auburn. "My aunt had knee surgery and everything and they had the cart so if she needed to go somewhere far they would come and cart her. They did her really well. It was good to see that aspect--that they will take care of you full circle when you're here. It was good to know."
With Auburn looking for help at the cornerback position heading into the 2014 season and in the 2015 recruiting class, Slayton said he spent much of the game watching guys like Jonathon Mincy, Jonathan Jones and Trovon Reed. Impressed by what he sees from them, he said it's tough to tell much about the second-team guys because of who they were going up against.
"Defensively, their first team played very well," he said. "The second team, they played fairly well considering they were going up against Sammie Coates and those guys. He made some great catches and that other guy, number one (D'haquille Williams), I don't know his name, he made a great catch, too. It was a great display on both sides of the ball as far as I saw."
Still trying to decide if he wants to remain on defense or play wide receiver in college, Slayton is currently looking at Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and several other colleges in addition to the Tigers. He said his goal is to shorten his list sometime in the next month, but he's certain Auburn is going to be in the mix.
"I'm going to release my top five in May so I've got about four right now," Slayton said. "Like I said, the hospitality is good, the coaches are great actually. Like I said, Saturday kind of showed me a different side, more of the family aspect, how they take care of people, so that was very good to see as well. I think with all of those things along with the rising program, they're going to be good even the year I graduate, all of those things play a factor into it being a good college."