AU On the Radar for 2012 Defensive End

Rising junior James Deloach took an unofficial visit to the Auburn campus. Find out what he thinks of the football Tigers and watch his sophomore season video highlights in this report.

Millen, Ga.--James Deloach, a promising football prospect for the 2012 signee class, made an unofficial visit to Auburn on Wednesday to get a feel for the campus and coaches. The defensive end says he went home impressed.

"It was fun and exciting," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I got to meet a lot of people and I got to meet some of the coaches, too.

"I met Coach Rock (Tracy Rocker), the defensive line coach, and Coach (Ted) Roof, the defensive coordinator. I also met the head coach (Gene Chizik). They are pretty cool and they know what they are talking about."

A 16-year-old who is still growing, the defensive end is currently 6-2, 249 pounds as a 16-year-old going into his junior season at Jenkins County High School.

Despite his youth he has already picked up a major college scholarship offer from the Tennessee Vols after he camped there this summer. "I was shocked because I wasn't expecting to get an offer there," Deloach notes.

A prospect who also camped at Georgia and Alabama, he visited Auburn with a pair of teammates who are also Division I?prospects--wide receiver/defensive end Lavontay Evans and defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor. All three will play as juniors this fall.

Deloach says he and his teammates at Jenkins County are excited about the possibilities this season. "We should go all the way this year," he says.

He notes that his personal goals for his junior season aren't detailed or complicated. "I want to stay aggressive, get after the ball and do whatever it takes to win," he says.

A three-sport athlete who is a power forward in basketball and a member of the track and field team, football is his main sport and he grew up with a passion for SEC football. Asked if he has a favorite SEC team, he says, "No sir, not really. I just like SEC football. That is where my heart is."

Commenting on his interest in SEC member Auburn, the defensive end says, "I really liked my trip to Auburn. They have nice facilities and they seem like they are really big on education, which is what I like. I want to be a radiologist."

As a junior he is expected to be on the field playing both ways. "I think defensive end is my best position," Deloach says. "Tight end is a position I don't know a lot about, but I am going to play it this year and I will do my best to do a good job."

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