Talented Junior Gets Offer From Chizik's Team

Prattville High School's Justin Shanks talks about his football camp experience at Auburn.

Prattville, Ala.--Although he is just 16 years old and is only headed into his junior year, Justin Shanks found out on Sunday that he is a wanted man in the eyes of the Auburn football coaching staff.

One of the standouts at Auburn's one-day camp on Sunday, Shanks found out when he called the AU coaches on his way home from the AU campus that they have decided to offer the Prattville High defensive lineman a scholarship.

Considering that Shanks is 6-3, 272 pounds with good quickness and an aggressive style of play on a football field, Auburn's interest is no surprise. He has been a young prospect to watch since standing out at a Scout.com training camp prior to his sophomore season.

"I liked the camp a lot and Coach Rocker taught me a lot," Shanks says of Tracy Rocker, who handles the defensive lineman for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. "Coach Rocker told me he would be excited to have me playing football at Auburn."

Shanks says the Auburn camp was a good one because it helps him reach his summer goals. "I am looking to get stronger, faster and develop better pass rushing moves," he says. "I am also working on playing low."

Justin Shanks

Prattville High fell in the state championship game Class 6A finals last season. This year, when the Super Six state championship games come to Jordan-Hare Stadium, it won't be a surprise if Shanks and his teammates are one of the teams in the finals.

Shanks hopes to do his part to make that happen in 2010. "This year it is my time to shine," he says.

The defensive lineman notes that he really likes Auburn, Alabama and Miami. He hasn't received offers yet from the Tide or Hurricanes. He notes that he grew up following the Tide, the favorite of his mother's side of the family, but Auburn, the favorite of his dad's side of the family, is coming on strong the more he visits the AU campus and develops a relationship with the coaching staff.

Shanks, who spent time with head coach Gene Chizik after the camp, says that he left Auburn feeling like he improved as a football player by learning techniques that will help him under the Friday night lights this fall.

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