Defensive End Has Tigers In Final Four

South Florida defensive end Jameil Farrington talks recruiting.

Homestead, Fla.--One of South Florida's top defensive end prospects is looking for early playing time next season and a school that is searching for some immediate help at the position is Auburn.

That could make for a match made in heaven this recruiting year, but Homestead High's Jameil Farrington says he's got several schools to look at before he makes a decision.

"Things are going good," Farrington tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm looking at Auburn, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Louisville. I have offers from all of those schools."

Being recruited for Auburn by running back coach Eddie Gran, Farrington says that he's enjoyed learning more about the program this season and has had a chance to watch them several times on television. He says one thing that stands out to him is their style of play on defense.

"I like Auburn a lot and their defensive style," Farrington says. "How their defense is set up is similar to how we run ours. They lose some guys early and I'll have a chance to play. That's what I want."

Waiting to hear from Auburn on a visit date for sometime in December, Farrington says that at the moment he's only scheduled one trip and that is to check out N.C. State for the weekend of Dec. 16. Having already scored a 16 on his first attempt at the ACT Farrington is on track to qualify. Academics is something he takes very seriously and he says when he takes his visits he'll be looking strongly at how teams do hitting the books.

"I want to see how they play the younger players," Farrington says. "I also want to see the graduation rates and things like that."

As a senior Farrington has continued the strong play that has made him a force for Homestead since his sophomore season. With 10 sacks and 45 tackles the 6-3, 235 Farrington is the playmaker on defense for his team. As a junior he finished with 53 tackles and 14 sacks and he added six sacks as a sophomore. With numbers like those it's no secret that Farrington has an all-around game and that's something he says he's worked to improve this season.

"I think this year I'm a better run stopper," he says. "I can play the run but I'm a good pass rusher when the time comes."

With a 7-4 record this season Homestead made its way into the playoffs, but that's where things could get dicey. This weekend they get the chance to make some national noise when they face Northwestern High from Miami and its perfect record. Farrington says the game should be a good one and he's hoping to pull the upset.

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