Dee-lightful Performance For Top Safety

One of the country's top safety prospects talks about his performance at Saturday's Elite Camp in Atlanta and how recruiting is coming along.

Auburn, Ala.—Auburn safety Dee Finley has been patiently waiting for his chance to show the rest of the country that he belongs among the elite prospects in the class of 2008. Saturday in Atlanta he got to do just that.

Quickly showing he was one of the top prospects in attendance regardless of position, the 6-3, 205 Finley was all over the place in defensive back drills and showed a knack for finding the ball once the prospects broke up into one-on-one and seven-on-seven drills. Working with the first unit of defensive backs the entire day, Finley says that things couldn't have gone any better for him and it was an experience he's been waiting for.

"It was the most fun thing I have ever been to," Finley says. "They were some of the best athletes anywhere so you had to play your best. It was just another confidence builder for me. I know if I can go against the best then I can go against the not so best.

"It was way different than I expected," Finley adds. "There were some NFL-type routes that I wasn't used to seeing but I think I covered them pretty well. I think I proved that even though I'm about 205 I can still run with receivers."

Finley makes a diving grab on Saturday.

Breaking up several passes and making at least two spectacular diving catches on the day, Finley proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's one of the top safeties in the country. Rated as a four-star prospect by going into the weekend, there is little doubt that Finley improved his stock with his performance in front of analysts from around the country who were seeing him for the first time in person.

With school out for the summer, Finley says his plans now are to attend as many camps as possible in order to show teams his ability and also to improve his game. With as many as four schools on his list of camp destinations, Finley says he's just looking forward to competing once again.

"I'm just going to go to more camps and work to get better and faster," Finley says. "I think I'm going to Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU and I'm going to try to go to Vanderbilt."

A known commodity to local teams, Finley's name has started to skyrocket up recruiting boards in the last few months. After getting early offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Louisville and subsequent offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida and other top programs, Finley has continued to rake in the offers from across the country. With so many to choose from Finley says he's ready to begin narrowing down his list and has a top five at the moment as he heads into the summer camp circuit.

"I'm up to 16 offers now," Finley says. "I have them from all of the SEC, Oklahoma, Clemson, Miami and Louisville. Out of them I think I have about five leaders. They are Auburn, LSU, Florida, Miami and Alabama."

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