Auburn, Ala.--One of the fastest rising prospects in Alabama finished out his spring football practice on a high note Friday night as Dee Finley and the Auburn Tigers defeated Wetumpka 14-13 behind a strong game from the big safety. Ranked as the number 15 player in the South in the latest Scout.com rankings, up from 51 on the initial list, Finley says that he's excited about the way both he and his team played this spring heading into his senior season.
"It went pretty good," Finley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I had a pretty good game. I finished with one interception and four tackles on defense. I played a little offense but didn't have a catch."
A 6-3, 205 physical safety that knocked a Wetumpka running back out of Friday night's spring game with a concussion, Finley is one of a large group of seniors on Auburn's roster this season looking to finish on a high note. He says this spring has him encouraged about the prospects of his final year of high school football.
"I think everything went good," Finley says. "Overall, we improved a lot. Our defense has improved and our offense has improved. I think we're going to be a lot better."
Finley shows his love of hitting to a teammate during a recent practice.
One of the reasons could be running back Brandon Ross. Used sparingly last season because of injuries, the big back broke away for a 90-yard touchdown run in Friday's game against Wetumpka and finished with over 100 yards for the game. Finley says he brings a different level of play to Auburn's offense and was impressive for his first time as the starter on Friday.
For Finley it's hard to be more impressive than he was as a sophomore when he dominated the secondary with big hits and interceptions in seemingly every game. Because of that he's had a horde of coaches through to see him and that continued Friday night with many top programs in attendance despite the plethora of spring games going on around the state. Finley says he's currently up to 14 offers with still no clear cut leader among the group.
"I'm still kind of open but that's about to change because this summer I'm going to take some trips to narrow things down," Finley says. "I have set up Florida for June 22 and Miami for June 30. Those are just visits. I'm going to camp at Auburn, Alabama and LSU for their one-day camps."
Growing up in Auburn, Finley has a definite idea of what to expect from Auburn and already familiar with the coaching staff having visited several times during spring practice to watch the team in action. He says although he knows a lot about Auburn and is comfortable with the Tigers, he wants to be able to compare them with many of the other programs before he makes his final decision. This summer will give him just that chance and he says he's looking forward to it.
"All of these schools have a lot of prestige," Finley says. "I can't make a bad decision either way I go."