He'll get his first chance to compare the Wildcats this weekend as he is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn to check out Tommy Tuberville's program. The 6-3, 260 defensive end with a self-reported 4.53 40-yard dash time tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that while he still considers himself committed he owes it to himself to get as much information as possible before signing day.
"Things are going pretty good right now," Stafford says. "I'm looking at Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia and a few others. I'm still committed to Kentucky and I have already visited them.
"As for Auburn I just like the tradition at Auburn," he says. "They always have a good record and a good coaching staff. It's just a good football town. That's why I like it so much. I want to take a visit there because I have been to a lot of camps and been on a lot of unofficial visits, but I want to take an official visit there."
D.J. Stafford is a physical player who can play sideline to sideline.
A teammate of current Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon at LaGrange, Stafford has had plenty of opportunities to get the scoop on the Tigers from the redshirt freshman. Although he's had his share of problems in his first season playing for the Tigers, Blackmon is still a player Stafford turns to for advice and to ask questions about Auburn.
"He just says Auburn is a real good place and he thinks I would like it there," Stafford says. "He thinks it would be a good fit for me. He just tells me it's a real good program and he wants me to be a part of it."
In addition to his Auburn visit, Stafford says he plans to visit Georgia as well at the end of January or in early February. He says that his visits to Auburn and Athens aren't just pleasure trips though because he's really looking hard at both schools.
"They're both still seriously in the picture," Stafford says. "I just need to check them out to see what I like and dislike and compare them to Kentucky."
A standout for LaGrange since his sophomore season, Stafford finished his senior year with 80 tackles and four sacks while also recovering four fumbles as he helped the Grangers to an 11-1 season before losing in the playoffs. He says that he feels like his game improved as a senior because he became a stronger player at the point of attack thanks to an added 40 pounds in the last two years.
"I think I had a good year," Stafford says. "I feel like I got better as a run stopper. I didn't really lose any speed with the added weight and I got more power."