Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--In the past two years Auburn has gone into one of the top football programs in Florida and signed four players; Wesley Byrum, Jermaine Johnson, Philip Pierre-Louis and Christian Thompson. This year will be yet another year of talent for the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders and a player to watch will be wide receiver Dwayne Difton.
A standout for STA in 2007 as the Raiders won a state championship, the 6-1, 180 Difton has all the intangibles to be a big-time receiver in the years to come. That has schools from all over looking in his direction, but he says at the moment he's still waiting on his first offer.
"I don't have any offers, but I have a lot of interest from schools right now," Difton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and South Florida right now."
With teammates Pierre-Louis and Thompson heading to Auburn this year, Difton says at the moment the Tigers are at the top of his list heading into the spring. With new coordinator Tony Franklin on board he says he's excited about what the Tigers will do on offense this season.
"For my schools I like Auburn, Georgia and South Florida," Difton says. "Auburn is my top school. I like them a lot. My buddy Philip Pierre and Christian Thompson have told me about the school and how it is. I haven't visited there yet, but I like the tradition they bring to the players. I heard they've got a new coach coming too. He (Philip) is real excited about that."
In his first season at STA after transferring from Blanche Ely High in Pompano Beach, Difton put up solid numbers for the Raiders while sharing the passes with Pierre-Louis and Duron Carter. He caught 18 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns as a junior after a big sophomore season that saw him snare 23 balls for 459 yards and six touchdowns.
Having already camped at Miami as a junior where he turned in a laser time of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Difton says he plans to camp at Auburn this coming summer as well as hitting several combines in the Miami area along with camps throughout the Southeast. He notes that he's not playing any other sports this spring so he can concentrate on getting stronger and more physical for next season.
"I'm just in the weight room right now," Difton says. "I'm basically trying to improve my speed and becoming more explosive."