Defensive Lineman Gives AU Visit High Marks

An interview features comments with a prospect who has lots of college choices to select from.

Prichard, Ala.--Defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks said Sunday that Auburn is his leader after his weekend visit to the Plains.

The 6-2, 256-pounder out of Vigor High School had already visited West Virginia and Louisville before his visit to Auburn. He still has visits remaining with South Carolina and Southern Miss that he said he'll probably take before deciding who he will sign with.

An outstanding basketball player in addition to his football skills, Marks said Auburn defensive line coach Don Dunn was talking with him about a certain technique. "It was something I already know," he said. "That makes me think I would fit right in to the system."

Defensive tackle Wayne Dickens served as the host player for Marks. "I really like Wayne and he plays that same position I'll probably be playing," Marks said. "I wanted to play defensive end, but at this level I probably be at tackle."

The Vigor product added, "Another thing I like about Auburn is that although I went out with Wayne, I met a lot of other players because they stick together."

Marks also likes the fact that Auburn is less than a four-hour drive via interstate highway from his hometown. "I want to stay closer to home, because my family wants to see me play," he said.

Marks says playing basketball--he had a game with 18 points and 28 rebounds--helps with his footwork and agility in football.

Sen'Derrick Marks

Former Vigor star Willie Anderson was a standout at Auburn and is now an All-Pro offensive lineman with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. "I started not to play basketball this year, but when Willie Anderson was drafted in the first round by the pros they talked about how his high school basketball helped him," Marks points out.

The defensive lineman says basketball has helped him drop some baby fat. He played at almost 270 pounds during football season, but is down to 256. He figures he'll need to play at about 280 in college while still retaining his quickness and strength.

Marks was impressed with the Parade of Champions conducted Saturday for Auburn's 13-0 team of 2004. A parade from Jordan-Hare Stadium was capped by a pep rally at Toomer's Corner with players and coaches on hand.

"The recruits were there before the players," he said. "We were in front of the trailer (platform for players and coaches). Fans treated us like we were the football team, calling us over wanting to shake our hands and yelling War Eagle."

During his visit Marks says he had a good feeling about Auburn.

"On visits before this weekend, I felt like I didn't know where I was going," he noted. "Some friends told me not to worry, that I would know the right place. Right now, I don't know what it is, but it's a good feel at Auburn. I feel like Auburn is the leader, but I still want to think about it before making a decision."


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