Tall, Fast Sleeper Defensive End Picks Auburn

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Linden, Ala.--The Auburn football team has picked up a verbal commitment for the 2010 signee class from Justin Delaine, a sleeper defensive end who will play at Linden High School as a senior.

Stacey Watters, who coached Delaine as a junior at Sumter County High School, says the Tigers are getting a "steal of a prospect."

"I will tell you this kid has terrific upside," says Watters, who is now coaching at Twiggs County, Ga., High. "He is long, fast and he is really athletic. He runs the 40 in the the mid to low 4.5s.

"Not many people knew about him because last season was his first to play football, but Coach Phillip Lolley found out about him at Auburn," Watters says. "Everybody who came through and looked at him in the spring offered him--Troy, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and South Alabama. He would have had more offers, but not many people come down to Sumter County to check out prospects. Everyone who has looked at film of him loves this kid."

Watters says that he believes Delaine made around 60 tackles last fall with a dozen sacks. "By the end of the year he had improved so much he helped us win several games because he was playing so well."

Watters says he is not surprised that the defensive end will be signing with an SEC program. "He has so much potential," the coach notes. "He is also good kid and I am really close to him. He is like a son to me. I am excited to see what he does in Auburn."

Delaine and his family are in the process of moving to Linden where his mother is taking a new job.

Coach Andro Williams, who will be coaching Delaine this year at Linden High School, says, "I haven't seen him play football because he wasn't with us in spring practice. I can't wait to see him on the football field. I have seen him run track and I know he is a big, tall kid who can really move."

Delaine did not attend any of the summer football camps at Auburn, but visited the campus in the spring to check out the university.

A three-sport athlete last season, he played basketball and was the anchor on the Sumter County High 4x100 relay team in track. He long jumped 19 feet, seven inches as a junior ran a 49.43 in the 300-meter hurdles and a 57.71 in the 400 meter dash.

"He is still very raw as a football player, but there are a lot of things to like about him, particularly how he uses his hands," Watters says.

Watters notes that he coached former Auburn star Spencer Johnson in high school. "Spencer was a lot more developed going into his senior because he had played so much football," Watters notes. "I will tell you that like Spencer I think he is a terrific prospect who has a chance to do very well at Auburn."

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