2016 In-State Defender One To Watch

Class of 2016 prospect P.J. Blue from Jemison High is a player to keep an eye on after performing well at Auburn over the weekend.

Jemison, Ala.--Last weekend was an important one for many of the guys already on Auburn’s recruiting board for the 2016 class with the chance to impress the coaching staff at the final camps of the summer. One of the players who did that was athletic defender P.J. Blue from Jemison High.

Working out at both the linebacker and safety position, Blue is another in a long line of defenders looking at the Tigers that could fill a number of different roles on the next level. Capable of playing on the back end of the defense or stepping into the box against the run, he said overall the experience was a good one for him in just his second trip to the Plains.

“It was a fun day,” the 6-2, 195 Blue said. “I like the campus and facilities and all that. It was pretty good. I spent much of my time with Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison). He’s a real good Christian man and family man. He’s real cool. He’s a player’s coach and I can really relate to him.”

Already with an offer from the Clemson Tigers and hearing from several other big programs such as Alabama, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Mississippi State, Blue has the chance to be one of the top players in the state next year. Being looked at by Auburn as a player that could play safety, linebacker or the "star" position in Ellis Johnson’s defense, Blue believes the in-state Tigers could be close to pulling the trigger.

“I think it’s really close,” Blue said. “They haven’t really talked to me about scholarships but they talked to me a lot about me going there and playing and stuff on defense.

“It would mean a lot,” Blue said. “They would be one of my top schools.”

As a sophomore Blue led Jemison with 98 tackles in 11 games.

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