Three-Position Prospect Schedules Visit To AU

This tall football prospect from Florida has offers from colleges to play both offense and defense.

Plantation, Fla.--A big and athletic quarterback says that he may be interested in joining the Auburn football program as a tight end.

That is the word from 6-4 1/2, 230-pound Darrell Strong from Plantation High School. Strong is scheduled to be in Auburn for an official visit this weekend as he takes a break from practice as he prepares to play QB in next week's Broward-Dade All-Star game.

As a senior, his first year at quarterback, he threw for 1,000-plus passing yards with 16 touchdowns while completing 68.7 percent of his passes with just three interceptions. He also ran for 423 yards and seven TDs directing a run-oriented Wing-T offense.

As a junior he played wide receiver, but was almost exclusively used as a blocker on a team that set a school record for rushing with better than 3,300 yards.

Strong, who runs a 4.6 40, also saw action on defense. "I played some free safety in important situations," he says. "I didn't have any interceptions, but I had seven or eight pass knockdowns.

"Auburn wants me to play tight end and I am really interested in playing it at the next level," Strong says. "I am very interested in Auburn right now. I am really serious about Auburn. I know that for a fact."

Previously, he was serious about the Pitt Panthers and was a commitment to that program early last year, however, after visiting there he decided it wasn't the place he wants to be. "I committed to Pitt during the summer," he says. "I really regret that now."

Strong says he has had a wide variety of colleges interested in signing him. However, a pair of SEC teams are his current leaders--Auburn and Mississippi State.

"Auburn is recruiting me as a tight end," he says. "Mississippi State (Jan. 30th visit) and Temple (Jan. 23rd) are recruiting me as a quarterback. Some schools are recruiting me as a safety. Others are recruiting me as a tight end. I counted them and I think that 64 schools have been recruiting me. I have got offers from all of them."

Plantation was 11-2 this past season with Strong at quarterback. He says his best game came against Taravella. "That was a good one," he says. "I completed nine passes for more than 200 yards with five of them going for touchdowns. I also ran for 40-something yards on two carries."

In addition to practicing for an all-star game that will be played on Monday, Strong plays center on the Plantation basketball team. He says he is interested in majoring in computer science at Auburn and is eager to check out the Tigers this weekend.


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