Two-Way Standout Still Undecided About Future

Four-star defensive back Darius Slayton discusses his busy spring, the recruiting process and his timetable for making a decision.

Norcross, Ga.--With the spring behind him and the summer camp and visit season approaching quickly, four-star defensive back Darius Slayton said he is still planning on carrying his recruiting into his senior season before making his decision.

Looking at a number of SEC and ACC schools at the moment, Slayton has been too busy to do much in the way of narrowing his list in the last few months, however.

A multi-sport athlete, Slayton spent much of his spring running track for Greater Atlanta Christian and that continued into spring football practice. Finishing the state track meet just one week before his spring football game, Slayton said he took two days off before getting on the field. Even with his limited time he said that he got some good work in and feels good about his game heading into the summer.

"It went good," Slayton said. "I just got out there the second day of last week, last Tuesday, so I was a little rusty coming back. By Saturday and the time our spring game rolled around I was back in the swing of things as far as catching the ball and making tackles. It was a successful spring for me.

"There weren't as many coaches coming through as I'm used to, but it has been fun meeting new people and getting to meet coaches and people you watch on TV," Slayton added. "They come in and express interest in you, so it's really cool to have that experience. It's something I dreamed about. It has been great."

Releasing a top eight list of colleges in April that consisted of Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee, Slayton said he's still in the process of trying to narrow things down at the moment.

Slayton is what college coaches are looking for, a big and rangy defensive back, but he is also a talented wide receiver.

One of the programs that Slayton has paid close attention to is Auburn in recent months. A frequent visitor to the Plains and the cousin of former Tigers' linebacker Darrell Crawford, he said there is a lot to like about the program and coaching staff at the moment. Still trying to decide between wide receiver and defensive back as his future position, he added that both sides of the staff would be a good fit for him if he chose Auburn.

"They are in good standing with me right now," Slayton said. "I like Auburn. They will definitely be a team in the hunt going down the stretch.

"I haven't had a whole lot of time to speak with Coach Craig," he added. "He's really good friends with my cousin and my parents know him as well and say he's a great guy. From my limited interaction with him he's been great. I primarily deal with Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison) and Coach (Melvin) Smith because I know them the best. They are both real knowledgeable and they are good coaches. I like both of them as well."

As a junior he hauled in 31 catches last season for 940 yards and eight touchdowns--an average of 30.3 yards per reception. He also saw significant minutes in the secondary and recorded an interception and forced a fumble. Capable of playing either side of the ball, he said that's still his biggest question mark at the moment.

"I just didn't have enough time in the spring to really get a feel for one side of the ball or another," Slayton said. "Hopefully, when we get into the season and start playing games then I can make heads or tails with what I really want to do."


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