Four-Star Defensive Back Visits Auburn

A talented junior defensive back prospect made a visit to the Auburn campus on Thursday.

Millbrook, Ala.--Rated the number nine safety prospect in the country by Scout.com, Stanhope-Elmore High School standout Demarcus Milliner is one of those prospects who can play a variety of positions in a football game.

On Thursday the speedster took a road trip to Auburn to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and gave the experience a thumbs up.

"I am really glad I came," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers, noting that his trip on Thursday afternoon and evening was the first time he had ever visited the Auburn campus.

"I am planning to come back this summer and go to a camp," he says. "I liked the people I met and Auburn is one of the colleges I am considering."

Milliner notes that he has watched Auburn games on TV over the years, but had never been in Jordan-Hare Stadium until Thursday and was impressed with how massive the facility is.

Milliner is a dangerous return man and can line up as a receiver or running back on offense. He notes that Auburn is recruiting him to play defense and as a punt kick returner.

"Auburn likes me as a cornerback," Milliner says. "It really doesn't matter to me where I play. I can play anything they want me to play.

"I think Auburn likes me as a defensive back and Coach (Phillip) Lolley says I am one of their top cornerback recruits," he adds. "I haven't played cornerback since ninth grade and I only played it in a few games then."

His position on defense has been safety where his outstanding speed can be used to make plays from sideline to sideline. As a junior he made 57 tackles and intercepted seven passes. He returned two of those for touchdowns to go with two kickoff returns for scores and one punt return for scores.

With his outstanding speed opposing teams were reluctant to punt or kick the ball to him as a junior and it will likely be that way again this fall.

Like many outstanding high school defensive backs, he is used at safety because he can make a bigger impact on the game from that position.

Demarcus Milliner is one of the top prospects in the Southeast.

Although head coach Gene Chizik was gone on Thursday when the defensive back visited, Milliner says he got a chance to meet with a variety of Auburn coaches including defensive coordinator Ted Roof, Lolley, safeties coach Tommy Thigpen and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor.

"They are like a family at Auburn," the high school junior says. "It feels great to have people who always care for you and want to be together with you."

Milliner notes that he and Roof hit it off well. "We talked about me coming there and just making an impact on the team," the defensive back says. "We talked about life in general, how things are going.

"They said they don't have anybody who is as versatile as me," he adds. "I am kind of tall corner at 6-1 and most corners are short. Then with my speed and athleticism they said I would be a good addition to the team."

In addition to a tour of the facilities, he checked out the campus and even looked in on a couple of Thursday afternoon classes.

Milliner will be looking to qualify for the state championships in track on Friday. He runs the 100 meters and has a personal best time of 10.60. So far this year his best time is a 10.93.

He says that he currently has more than a dozen scholarship offers and Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Stanford, South Carolina and Oklahoma are some of the colleges he is considering, he says. However, he adds that he is in no hurry to make a decision on his college choice and could wait until close to signing day. He also says that he is open with no team standing out as his favorite. "I am really not leaning to anybody," he notes.


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