Playmaker Excited About Auburn Camp

One of the top cornerback prospects in the South talks about his recruitment and where the Auburn Tigers fit.

Clinton, La.--From a straight numbers perspective, it's hard to find a better season for a defensive back than the one turned in by cornerback Prentiss Waggner in his junior year. Earning Class 2A Defensive MVP honors in Louisiana, the 6-2, 175 Waggner was a one-man wrecking crew for his team.

If you can, try to wrap your mind around this total. In 14 games last season, Waggner picked off 16 passes and broke up 14 others while adding 70 tackles. Of his 16 interceptions, three were returned for touchdowns. Add in 41 catches for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns as a wide receiver and you have one of the top two-way high school threats in the entire country.

Not surprisingly, Waggner has received interest from some of the top programs in the country and is rated by Scout.com as the No. 38 cornerback prospect in the nation. So far the offer total stands at just five, but Waggner says things have still been pretty busy as far as recruiting is concerned.

"It has been going good," Waggner tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "My summer is going good. Recruiting is going well, I guess. Right now I have offers from Auburn, Minnesota, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Tulane. I'm also hearing a lot from LSU, Florida and several other schools."

This weekend Waggner will get a chance to see the Auburn program up close and personal when he visits for a Senior Camp on July 14. Although he admits he doesn't know a great deal about the Tigers, he says he's looking forward to the chance to visit with the coaches and see the campus.

"I know a little bit about the Auburn program," Waggner says. "I know they have a good defense. They have one of the top ranked defenses in the nation. I'm real familiar with Coach (Will) Muschamp because he used to coach at LSU. They are one of my top schools right now. I'm really looking forward to going down there."

With his size at cornerback and 4.5 second speed in the 40-yard dash along with a 37-inch vertical leap, Waggner has the tools to be an effective cover corner in today's fast paced game of college football. He gave a glimpse of that last season in his first year playing cornerback after being strictly a receiver his first two seasons at Clinton. He says for him it's just a natural position.

"Basically everything just came together for me and it came in bunches," Waggner says. "In one game I had three interceptions, two receiving touchdowns and I threw one also. I just like man-to-man defense. I like to bump and run off the line. I like fooling receivers into thinking they are open and then catching up with them and making the play."

Also a standout in basketball and track for Clinton, Waggner finished fourth in the state in the 200 meters in the spring with a time of 23.14 seconds.


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