Juco Defensive Back Checks Out Tigers

A junior college defensive back discusses his visit to Auburn.

Milledgeville, Ga.--Cornerback Taikwon Paige said he had a good visit to check out the Auburn Tigers and is hoping for an offer from Coach Gene Chizik's team before signing day on Wednesday.

The juco prospect from Georgia Military Academy, who played his high school football in Aiken, South Carolina, had previously committed to Minnesota, choosing the Golden Gophers over Oklahoma State, East Carolina, Kansas State and Louisiana Tech.

"The visit went pretty good," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I was able to see the campus and meet a lot of the players. Zac Etheridge was my host. He showed me around town. I toured the stadium, the locker room and other places.

"Right now, I am just going to see what is going to happen with Auburn," he says, noting that he is hoping to get a scholarship from the SEC team.

"It was a great visit overall," adds Paige, who notes that he had taken previous official visits to Minnesota and UAB.

Paige says he believes his strengths are his man-to-man coverage ability and his speed. "I don't know how fast I am," he says. "My best time is a 4.4 though."

The 6-0, 180-pounder had six interceptions as a freshman and 40 plus tackles. He had 20 tackles and no interceptions as a sophomore.

"I had a better season my freshman year because I was more involved," he says. "Teams didn't throw my way my sophomore year. I had three kickoff returns for touchdowns as a freshman and didn't have any this past year because they wouldn't kick it to me."

Paige earned All-State honors as a senior in high school and was a three-year starter who played cornerback, wide receiver and was a return man. He also played basketball and was a two-year state meet qualifier in track, he notes. "My fastest time in the 100 is 10.5."

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