Defensive Prospect Making Short Trip To AU

This football prospect discusses his interest in the Tigers.

Phenix City, Ala.--A position of need for the Auburn Tigers in the years to come is at safety and one of the players Coach Tommy Tuberville and staff are targeting is Central High's Octavious Sumbry.

A powerful hitter and a player with the speed to quickly cover ground in the secondary, the 6-0, 190-pounder with 4.47 speed in the 40 says he's anxious to see what Auburn has in store for him on his visit to the Plains this weekend.

"Auburn has offered me a scholarship and I am interested," Sumbry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have been talking to the Auburn coahes for about two months. I will know more about what I want to do after my visit. I am thinking about signing with Auburn and have been discussing that with my parents."

Octavious Sumbry

A two-year starter for Coach Ron Nelson's Red Devils, Sumbry is a player who stands out immediately when watching the defense play. An aggressive hitter and good cover man for a safety, he had 77 tackles and two interceptions as a senior and also had three pass break-ups. Offensively, he had four catches for 79 yards and one touchdown in spot duty on that side of the football.

Those numbers were good enough to earn him honorable mention All-State and All Bi-City honors this season, but Nelson says Sumbry's best football is ahead of him.

"I think his biggest strength is that he's got such good speed, but he's also a good hitter," Central Coach Ron Nelson says. "That's the thing that Auburn likes about him is that he's a safety that will come up and hit.

"He played wide receiver for us in addition to defensive back," Nelson adds. "He's just one of those good athletes. If we faced a running team this year we moved him to strong safety to get him more involved. If we played a passing team we played him at free safety because he reads the field so well. He's an excellent cover-two safety. Playing the things that Auburn tries to do I think he would fit in real well."

In addition to his interest in Auburn already, another factor that could play into Sumbry's decision is the chance to play with friend Kelcy Luke once again. Teammates at Central and friends for years, the two are close and Sumbry says that will be something he considers before making a decision.

"Kelcy is a friend and having a chance to play with him again is a big factor on why I am considering Auburn," Sumbry says. "That definitely will have an influence on me."

A solid student who should have no problems qualifying after recording a 20 on his ACT test, Sumbry visited Auburn for both the Tennessee and Louisiana-Monroe games this past fall. He's being recruited by Georgia Tech, Louisville and Troy State as well as several smaller schools, but says Auburn will likely be his final visit before making a decision.

"Recruiting has been hectic," Sumbry says. "I went to Troy State last week and I have been getting a lot of calls, but the only other visit I think I am going to take is to Auburn."


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