2016 Safety Enjoys First Look At Auburn

Deontay Anderson talks about his Monday visit to see the Auburn Tigers

Expected to be one of the top defensive backs in the 2016 recruiting class, speedy Deontay Anderson from Manvel (Tex.) High is already a four-star prospect even though he's still got two years of high school football remaining. Adding an offer from the Auburn Tigers just over three weeks ago, he took a trip to the Plains on Monday and left impressed by what he saw.

"It was my time there and I love it," Anderson said. "I really do. It's far from home but I know if I can build the trust I have with schools closer to home then it's a possibility I would go there.

"The coaches really stood out to me," he added. "They are themselves. I asked them an important question and he gave the best answer I have ever heard, better than anybody I have asked. That really meant a lot as a person one-on-one."

Talking with coaches Charlie "Cheese" Harbison and Melvin Smith, Anderson said the question was a simple one for him. "I asked them how can I trust you as a coach?"

The answer was a new one for Anderson, but one he really liked to hear.

"He said before trusting me as a coach I want you to trust me as a person," Anderson said of Harbison. "Usually coaches tell you how they'll teach you this or that. I had never heard that answer before. That was really big."

With offers from Auburn, Baylor, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M and dozens of other schools, Anderson said now that he's seen the Tigers in person he believes they'll be at or near the top of his list when he begins to narrow things down.

"I don't have a group of favorites right now but if I did they would be in my top five," Anderson said. "LSU and Texas A&M I'm really high on. I'm really open right now though."

He plans to visit LSU on Tuesday before traveling to Texas and Texas A&M later in the week.

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