Viciente DeLoach, a 6-4, 225-pound defensive end from Columbus High School, says that he will sign with the Tigers in February. A heavily recruited prospect, he picked the Tigers over Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi. He attended a summer football camp at Hattiesburg earlier this year on the Southern Mississippi campus.
A strong student academically who is a member of the National Honor Society, DeLoach is currently sidelined with a broken bone in his leg, but that has not stopped the recruiters from calling.
"I only got to play in one game this year before I got hurt," DeLoach says. "I got hit by a chop block that broke a bone (fibula) and dislocated my ankle. I have been on crutches, but I am going to the doctor on Wednesday and I expect him to put me in a walking cast. I don't know if I am going to be able to play again this season. I don't think my coach will let me play until he is sure I am completely ready."
"He is a hitter," notes Columbus High School head coach Roy McCrory. "He has such long arms that it is hard to block him." In the one full game he played this year, he was credited with 14 tackles and he had one sack.
"I had so many choices of colleges, but Auburn is the one that stood out to me," DeLoach tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I really like the coaches there. I want to get away from home to go to college, but not too far away. Auburn has a strong team and I think it is a real good opportunity for me."
McCrory has two other prospects on his team being recruited by Auburn and other colleges. Bruce Edwards is a 5-10, 165 speedster who plays defensive back and wide receiver and Quinton McCrory is a 6-3, 235-pound linebacker.
DeLoach bench presses 265 pounds and squats 485. He has been clocked at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. He says that he is working on improving his overall strength. DeLoach was All-District as a defensive end in football as a junior and says his strengths are his quickness and ability to rush the passer. He is also on his school's track team.
DeLoach is Auburn's third defensive line commitment, joining end Lloyd Blevins from Wenonah and noseguard Josh Thompson from Statesboro, Ga., High. Auburn's other two verbals are from running backs Jason Jude from Athens High and Carl StewartMore to come.