Standout Sophomore Takes Early Look At Auburn

Sophomore defensive lineman Justin Shanks talks about visiting Auburn last weekend.

Prattville, Ala.--One of the top in-state prospects for the class of 2012 took a visit to Auburn over the weekend and says he enjoyed getting an early look at Coach Gene Chizik's football program.

One of the most impressive performers at a Elite Camp last spring despite being just a ninth-grader, Prattville defensive lineman Justin Shanks will be a top prospect and has already started hearing from schools like Auburn.

"It was great to see how Auburn really is," Shanks tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I learned a lot of new stuff about them. Their tradition and history is very nice."

Justin Shanks

Hearing from Arkansas, UCLA, Miami, and Oregon in addition to Auburn, the 6-3, 270-pounder with 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash is a physical freak for the Lions on the football field despite playing only a part-time role as a sophomore because of several upperclassmen ahead of him on the depth chart.

Seeing time at defensive end and some defensive tackle, Shanks managed to accumulate 20 tackles and 10 sacks in his limited action playing for one of the state's top programs. He also played basketball for the Lions last year.

With still almost two full years before he can sign with a college program, Shanks says that right now he's just focusing on learning as much about teams as he possibly can so when the time comes he can make an intelligent choice.

"I'm pretty much seeing how teams run their systems," Shanks says. "I just want to get to know them better so it will give me something to look at down the road."

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