Lykes is a big-time athlete, but has flown under the radar for much of the recruiting season.
Clanton, Ala.--Chilton County High School star Derrick Lykes
has made it official: he is going to be an Auburn
Tiger. Lykes is one of several talented defensive line prospects expected to sign with the Tigers on national signing day.
The 6-4, 276-pound defensive lineman chose Auburn over interest from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State and has the size and athleticism to play tackle or end at the college level.
Lykes was a three-year starter for Chilton County and played both defensive end and defensive tackle. He threw shotput and ran the 100 meters on the track team as well. He claims to run the 40 in 4.6 seconds.
He will add to an already deep defensive line at Auburn. With the graduation of senior starters Josh Thompson and Quentin Groves, as well as the early exit of Pat Sims to the NFL, Lykes may have a chance for early playing time.