Recruit Checks Out AU, Up Close and Personal

One of the top rising football seniors in Alabama discusses his interest in Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Decatur, Ala.--D.T. Shackelford says he feels even better about the Tigers after spending the day on the Auburn campus talking the AU football coaches.

"I came down to Auburn for a visit and it was nice," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I got a chance to see a lot of stuff. I have done a good many camps at Auburn over the years, but this time I just came to see the coaches and the campus."

Shackelford, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker, made 102 tackles for Austin High School last season and will be one of the top senior prospects in the state this fall. He received a scholarship offer from the Tigers in June and notes that he is seriously considering Auburn as well as a handful other SEC programs.

"I talked to the coaches to see how we were on a relationship basis," he says of his visit to AU. "It is a good coaching staff. It is nice school and I have been coming to their camps since I was about in the eighth grade."

One of the main purposes of his unofficial visit was to get to know linebacker coach James Willis better and spend some time with Paul Rhoads, Auburn's new defensive coordinator.

"I got a chance to meet with Coach Willis and he was telling me about the linebacker situation, and not just the linebacker situation, but about how we felt one-on-one with each other," Shackelford says. "You have got to have a good relationship with your coach over the course of the years. We talked about playing time and how I fit into the system. We talked a good while and I enjoyed spending time with Coach Willis.

"I got a chance to talk to Coach Rhoads for about 15 or 20 minutes," Shackelford adds. "It was the first time I had a chance to talk to him and he was straight up with me. I like him as a person. I like a coach who is going to be straight with me.

"He talked to me about playing time, what's my major, academics and what I am looking for in a school," Shackelford notes. "He said he watched my film and said he liked my ability and he liked my character also and how I carry myself."

Shackelford, who has been a starter since his sophomore year, says he has a 3.8 grade point average, says he is interested in studying either engineering in college or going into a law enforcement career.


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