Football, Academics Package Impresses Recruit

This high school defensive standout says he is very interested in the Tigers.

Elizabethtown, Ky.--Brandon Deaderick says he expects to make a decision soon on his college destination following an official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

The defensive end from Elizabethtown High visited Alabama last weekend and had already taken an official visit to the University of Louisville.

"My trip to Auburn went well," he says. "I enjoyed it a lot and I plan on making my decision this Friday. That was my last visit. Louisville, Alabama and Auburn are the schools I'm really considering."

Deaderick, who took an unofficial visit to check out the Tigers' November victory over Georgia, says that trip helped give him a feel for the excitement surrounding Auburn football. On his recruiting visit this weekend, he says he enjoyed his outing on Saturday evening to Jordan-Hare Stadium as he and the other recruits put on jerseys and ran onto the turf like it was a game day.

"I really liked going out on the field with the jerseys and everything," he says. "I really felt the passion there with those guys and I was really excited about going in to Auburn for a visit.

"We had a lot of fun," he adds. "It was very informative and we had a great academic meeting. We toured the new facilities, went around town just getting a feel for the town and talked to the recruits a lot. It's a really good class coming in to Auburn and there is something special going on there. You can tell by the caliber of recruits they had in this weekend."

Brandon Deaderick

Considered one of the top prospects in Kentucky, he has been a prime recruit for Auburn since last spring and has steadily shown interest in the Tigers.

He says he enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the current team members and others. "We went out with the players and they showed us around and introduced us to people," Deaderick says. "It was overall a really nice weekend."

Deaderick says he enjoyed meeting with a professor about the communications and broadcasting program at Auburn. "That's what I plan on majoring in," he says. "This is a good school for that. It's accredited in Alabama and that's one of the reasons I was looking at them. The quality of education I get at Auburn will be second to none and then the football will be second to none as well. It's a really good fit. I just have to decide what is best for me."

Deaderick says he is about ready for the recruiting process to wrap up. He notes that he has considered waiting until close to signing day to take part in a school ceremony honoring athletes from his school that plan to sign scholarships, but says he probably won't wait that long. "I'm just kind of getting tired of this recruiting stuff so I'll probably go ahead and make my decision."

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