New Staff Interests Peach State Standout

This talented defender from the Atlanta area talks recruiting and about his upcoming visit to Auburn.

Lithonia, Ga.--A top defensive prospect that had been recruited by new Auburn assistants Trooper Taylor, Ted Roof and Tracy Rocker at their former schools as well as Gene Chizik at Iowa State is now hearing from the Tigers and says he's taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Talented linebacker/safety Joel Kight was a standout defender at Martin Luther King High and has offers from schools around the country, but he says in a whirlwind change the last two days Auburn has come on strong for him.

"Yes sir I'm visiting Auburn," Kight tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It really just happened. They offered me yesterday. A lot of the coaches there were recruiting me at their former schools. Actually Iowa State offered me in the spring. Minnesota offered me in the spring too. It's not like I was down their list. It was like they got to Auburn and I was still available…all this happened so fast I still really don't know."

With a connection already established with several members of the Auburn coaching staff as well as an interest in the Tigers, Kight says right now it's a good combination for him, but he'll have to see how he fits in with the entire program on his visit.

"It's a good fit," Kight says. "I also still have some good folks at Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. I just want to get down to Auburn and see if I fit in with the players. I don't want to go there and not play. I just have to really sit down and see if that's the best fit for me.

"Right now those are the only schools I'm looking at," he adds. "I was looking at Georgia Tech and Boston College, but I actually told them I wasn't going there yesterday. Right now it's between Auburn, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State."

Kight says he's being recruited as an outside linebacker by the Tigers, but could also plays safety if needed. He notes he's heard from both Chizik and Rocker since they've been at Auburn and is excited to talk with the entire staff on his visit.

A dominant defender for coach Corey Jarvis, the 5-10, 212 Kight played both linebacker and safety this season and earned All-State honors with 115 tackles. That followed up a strong junior campaign when he totaled 153 stops.

It's not just on the football field where Kight succeeds though as he's also an honor student that made the Principle's List after making all A's in the first semester. He adds that he's fully qualified and a member of the Beta Club and the National Honor Society.


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