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5-Star Defensive Tackle Derrick Brown Gets Plenty of Attention On Auburn Visit

Bluechip defensive tackle Derrick Brown from Lanier High in Buford, Ga., talks about his weekend in Auburn.

Buford, Ga.--Ranked as’s No. 4 defensive tackle prospect nationally for the 2016 signing class, Derrick Brown got plenty of attention on his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

In addition to being shown around campus by player host Devaroe Lawrence, a defensive tackle, the 6-4, 322-pound Brown joked that Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner spent about every hour with him on the visit.

Brown pointed out that he also got a lot of attention from Kevin Steele, Auburn’s new defensive coordinator. “I got to talk Xs and Os with him so that was good,” said Brown, who noted he got the feeling that Steele is excited about his new assignment with the Tigers after making the move to AU from LSU.

A prospect who has visited Auburn numerous times, asked about his official visit, Brown said, “It was good. I just got to hang out with the players and relax a little again.

“I got to go to Coach (Gus) Malzahn’s house and that was pretty cool. I got to go to some country club last night and it was really good..just being able to hang around the coaches all week and know them better.

“Coming to Auburn you always get that family atmosphere,” Brown pointed out. “Some people say that about their school, but you can’t really tell that, but coming to Auburn you definitely get that feeling.”

Before making his college choice Brown plans to take official visits to Georgia next weekend and Tennessee the last weekend before the Feb. 3rd signing day. Before Christmas he visited Mississippi State and Alabama.

“I just have to find a place that is home for me,” he said. “Once I find that, from there on we will go.”

To help him make that choice he will consult with his parents, who the defensive tackle noted are good role models with their emphasis on the academic side of the equation that has made him serious about his schooling. “With the mom and dad I have, I really don’t have any other choice,” he said with a smile.

One thing that he noted he likes about Auburn is the school of business. “It was big for me yesterday just to go over there and talk to the business side,” he explained. “I got to talk a little bit briefly in the spring, but they explained the whole nine yards yesterday and we got to see everything.”

Brown is playing it close to the vest on which college he will sign with, but without a doubt the Tigers look to be seriously in the mix. Garner is expected to visit him on Wednesday and the following week Malzahn is expected to be in Buford for an in-home visit.

The prospect finished his high school playing days by handling himself well at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio.

“It was definitely something great,” he said of the experience. “I am not going to down the Under Armour game or anybody else’s all-star game, but I felt like that was the best one for me. I got to see Texas and I? had never really had a chance to visit out there so that was very cool to me.”

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