Denzel Bynum, a 5-10, 165-pound cornerback from North Jackson High School, says he plays to come back for another camp in Auburn this summer before he begins his final season of high school football.
A starter in football since his freshman year when he won the Class 4A state 100 meters title, he was one of the fastest players at a prospects camp at Auburn in June with hand-timed clockings of under 4.4 for the 40-yard dash.
"It was exciting camp," Bynum tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I like to compete and I really liked the one-on-one part of the camp. That is what makes me better as a player.
"It was my first time in Auburn and it went well," he notes. "I talked to everybody."
This spring he finished as the state runnerup in the 4A 100 meters with a time of 10.65 in the finals after running 10.59 as the fastest qualifier in the prelims.
Last fall he intercepted seven passes for the Chiefs and scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns.
The cornerback says it is too early for him to have a list of favorites, but notes that he is interested in Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. "I like Auburn," he says. "I am really interested in them. I like the facilities at Auburn and I like the academics."
Auburn cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley, the former head coach at North Jackson, is recruiting Bynum for the Tigers. "I like him a lot," Bynum says.
The rising senior says his strength as a football player is his man-to-man coverage skills. "The coaches will man me on the other team's best receiver," says the defensive back, who notes that the both of the North Jackson High corners play man and the safeties line up in a two-deep zone.
As he prepares for his final season of high school football, he notes that he has increased the level off his training to make sure his senior season is a memorable one.