2017 Prospect Intro: DeKarlos Billingsley

Speedy 2017 running back DeKarlos Billingsley from Scottsboro High School is definitely a player to keep an eye on in the junior class.

Scottsboro, Ala.-A complete running back who should only continue to see his stock rise as he heads into his junior season, speedy DeKarlos Billingsley has already established himself as a player to watch in the 2017 football recruiting class after rushing for 1,768 yards and 21 touchdowns on 302 carries for Coach Patrick Nix at Scottsboro High.

Already receiving strong interest from Southern Mississippi and hoping to hear from several other schools including South Carolina and Georgia, Billingsley said right now there is one school he is anxious to talk with.

“I really like Auburn,” Billingsley said. “I would really like to take a visit there and see some things down there.”

The Auburn connection is one that Nix tries to downplay, but his love for his alma mater has always been apparent and it’s something that shines through even to his own players. Something else that shines through to the players at Scottsboro is his love for the game of football and his desire to make them better, something Billingsley said he appreciates from the former quarterback and offensive coordinator.

“I think it’s great having a head coach like that,” Billingsley said of Nix’s career as both a player and a coach on the college level. “He teaches us not only about football, but about life. He’s a great friend to me. I just love him.”

“It’s a whole lot of fun,” Billingsley said about the recruiting process starting. “I’m very excited for my junior year. I think we’re going to have a really great year. I’m just really looking forward to it.”

Billingsley recently had the opportunity to test himself against some of the South’s top prospects and came out very well. Checking in at 5-9, 189 pounds, Billingsley didn’t run the 40-yard dash on a very rainy day, but had a solid 4.48 in the short shuttle as well as a 36-inch vertical leap. While his numbers were good, he noted it was when he got to line up against some of the other players that he realized he definitely belonged.

“It was great being out there with the guys, just really great athletes out there,” Billingsley said. “It was some great exposure just getting to see where I stand. I feel like I’m right there with a lot of those guys. I know I still have to work hard to improve my game and get better skill-wise though, just things like that.”

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