Physical Linebacker To Visit The Plains

This big hitter from the junior college ranks has the Tigers high on his list.

Goodman, Miss.--Looking to make the defense more physical and stronger up front, the Auburn coaching staff has hit the trail hard searching for just the right player for their liking. One such find is linebacker Darel Slay from Holmes Junior College.

Standing six-foot-three inches tall and weighing in at 245 pounds, it's no wonder that many of the top schools in the South have come to rural Mississippi looking to ink Slay. Throw in a personal best time of 4.57 in the forty-yard dash and you have a player who doesn't come around very often.

"I took a visit to West Virginia about two weeks ago," he told Inside The Auburn Tigers . "I have Auburn set for January 11, South Carolina for January 18 and Tennessee scheduled for January 25th."

An earlier South Carolina commitment, Slay said that he is now wide open once again and that he's very interested in Auburn's program. Despite his team's disappointing 4-5 record this season, Slay handled himself just fine on defense with 107 tackles and three sacks. As a freshman out of Brunswick, Ga., last fall Slay totaled 156 tackles while playing middle linebacker. With mostly Division I-AA and Division II offers coming out of high school because of grade problems, Slay said that he chose to go the junior college route to prove himself and that has paid of in attention from several big-time schools, including Auburn.

"I was always interested in Auburn as a little child," he noted. "I always wanted to play for Auburn. They've had interest in me so I came up for an unofficial visit to watch them play Alabama and I was very impressed. I'm looking for great things out of Auburn in the future."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Unable to qualify out of high school, Slay took the route that many players are choosing these days by going to a junior college. With a dream of playing in front of the big crowds he was used to seeing on television, Slay said that he had no other choice but to go this route and it has worked out well. "I didn't have it together academically. I had a lot of Division I-AA offers and things like that and they said they could get me in school but I chose to come to junior college so I could get to the SEC or wherever I'm trying to go."...Slay will not be an early graduate from junior college and will enroll in May at the school of his choice.

Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories