Three Sport Star Likes AU Football

This high school senior prospect is a football, basketball and track standout who is taking a serious look at the Auburn program.

Morganza, La.--Auburn's hunt for defensive ends has led the Tiger football coaching staff to search the southeast for prospects who can rush the passer.

A player who fits that description is 6-4, 225-pound Kyle Derozan. A three-sport standout, Derozan says that he is very interested in Auburn and plans to be on the AU campus for an official visit on Jan. 18th. Derozan says he finished his senior season with 20 quarterback sacks, which obviously is of major interest to Auburn defensive coaches, who were not happy with the number of sacks their team produced this season.

On the football field, he has been a jack of all trades. Derozan has played seven positions during his five varsity seasons. He says his best spots are outside linebacker and defensive end. End is the position that Auburn is recruiting him to play. As a senior, he played defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker as well as fullback, tight end and wide receiver. His team struggled to a 3-7 record, but Derozan played well.

He is currently busy playing basketball. He averages 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots per game as a forward for Pointe Coupe Catholic High. He has started since his freshman season. Derozan, who took his first official visit to the University of Missouri last week, says he is looking for a program that will let him play basketball in college as well as football. He says Auburn presents that opportunity.

When basketball season is done, he heads for the track and is a standout in more than one event in that sport. He qualified for the state meet in the shot put as a junior with a 46-foot effort. He also qualified in the triple jump going an impressive 43 feet, seven inches. He also long jumps 20 feet, one inch and high jumps six-foot-six.

After track is finished, he plays AAU basketball so there is very little down time for the honor student, who is also looking at nearby Grambling and Southern Miss. However, Auburn looks to be his favorite after taking an unofficial visit to the Alabama game and seeing the Tigers in action. He says, "I am interested in majoring in accounting and physical therapy and from talking to the coaches, they are very serious about their academics at Auburn. That is something I really like."

Tiger Ticket Extra: The defensive end has been clocked at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash and bench presses 260 pounds although he has little time to do weight training. "I haven't done the bench press since last summer," he says...Derazon scored a touchdown on a blocked punt as a senior...Another small school Louisiana star scheduled to visit Auburn in January is one of the more impressive physical specimens the Tigers are recruiting. Offensive tackle Jemayel Phillips is a 6-7, 340 pounder from Winnfield High. He has been clocked at 4.95 in the 40-yard dash. He is scheduled to visit Jan. 11th. He has taken three unofficial visits to LSU, which is trying hard to get him in for an official visit. He is considering the Bayou Bengals along with Nebraska and Louisiana Tech...Auburn is still very much in the hunt for defensive tackle Kyle Williams from Ruston, La., High, who has already been on camus for an official visit. It will probably come down to Auburn, LSU and Nebraska for the DT although many other colleges are trying to sign the 6-3, 290-pounder who runs a 4.8 40.

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