Derrick Campbell, a 6-4, 300-pound guard for Milford Prep in New York, drove over to Auburn from York with Stacey Watters, who coached Campbell at Sumter County High School. Watters is now coaching at Linden High School.
Campbell and Watters came unannounced and found that all of the coaches were gone for vacation, but got a tour of the campus and facilities from the Tigerettes, AU's recruitings hosts.
"Auburn has always been my dream school," says Campbell, who notes that he followed the Tigers since he was a kid growing up in York where he was a two-sport star at Sumter County High. He points out that he has probably been to Auburn for a half dozen games.
"He is one of the best I have ever coached," Watters says. "I was used to coaching smaller guys and he is pretty agile so I played him like a smaller guy. He played almost anything we needed. He was a long snapper, guard, tackle, he played the three technique (defensive tackle) and he played defensive end.
"He is a good kid and a good player," Watters adds. "He is a hard worker. He lettered in basketball. He was on the varsity for probably four years."
Campbell says he is being recruited for the Tigers by Coach Phillip Lolley, who recruited Justin Delaine to Auburn. Delaine, an incoming freshman defensive end currently enrolled at Auburn. "Justin and I are friends and played together in high school," Campbell points out.
Campbell was hoping to become qualified in the spring to enroll at a Division I program this fall, but will need to take more classes this fall at Milford Prep. If that goes well, he will be ready to sign in December and enroll in January as a true freshman.
"I am going to work out the rest of the summer at home and then I will go back to school in New York in August," says Campbell, who adds that he really hopes he can get a scholarship offer.
"Miami is too far," says the lineman, who notes that he has also been recruited by Mississippi State, Tennessee, Pitt and others. "I am going to send all of my game film to Auburn and hope I get recruited by the coaches.
"I had a good year at Milford and I dominated at guard," he says, noting his team won eight of the 13 games it played vs. other prep schools and college teams.
The big lineman says he is looking for a college destination that is the right fit. "I want to major in mechanical engineering and I want to go to a place where I have a good feel about the coaches."