The 6-4, 225-pound defensive end from Columbus, Miss., High, who committed to Auburn in October, says all systems are go for a full speed return to football this coming fall. After making 14 tackles in his opening game, he was sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a broken fibula and a dislocated ankle as the result of a chop block.
"The leg is doing real well," DeLoach tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am able to do some light running on it. The doctor told me to take it easy for now and in about a month I will be ready to go full speed."
DeLoach says he is also staying in shape by hitting the weight room for bench press work. The defensive end says he wanted to play basketball this year, but the injury sidetracked those plans. He does plan to compete for Columbus High School in the spring by throwing the shot put. As a junior, he had a best throw of 50 feet.
DeLoach is scheduled to visit Auburn on Jan. 17th, but says even though he is committed to the Tigers he plans to take official visits to a pair of nearby schools. "I am going to Ole Miss this Friday and Auburn the next Friday and I have a visit to Memphis on the 24th," he says. "I am committed to Auburn, but my high school coach told me I should take some other visits so I am going to do that." Prior to committing to the Tigers, he was being recruited by Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Florida, Tennessee and others.
Tiger Ticket Extra: DeLoach, who is an honor student, is a busy senior. In addition to school work, sports and his rehab he works in the evenings at video rental store. DeLoach plans to major in engineering in college.