The Best Fit

NORCROSS, Ga. - Darius Slayton grew up an LSU fan.

He's not too attached to the Tigers, though. Darius Slayton is taking time to focus on the schools that have offered him - Georgia and Auburn to be specific. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback out of Greater Atlanta Christian is drawn to the Dawgs' potential defensive success as a result of its recent addition at coordinator.

"He's a cool dude. I like Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt," Slayton said. "I definitely think he's going to have success - regardless of who goes there. If he gets the right guys I think he's going to do magic for them."

Slayton, a rising senior on the Spartans' defense, is familiar with the Athens landscape as a Georgia native. He's also familiar with Pruitt.

"I've been to Georgia three times, actually," Slayton said. "I probably talk to Coach Pruitt the most out of all the coaches."

Slayton pays close attention to coaching staffs. He'd prefer to have a coach he knows will be around for a while - at least during his entire college tenure. He's visited programs ran by Mark Richt (14th year at Georgia), Gus Malzahn (2nd year at Auburn) and Nick Saban (8th season at Alabama). He's taken well to each - especially the two in the Yellowhammer State.

"I had my Alabama visit a while back," Slayton said. "I had a chance to sit down with Nick Saban. He's a pretty relaxed guy - not quite what you would expect almost, but he seemed like a great guy, a great coach - very wise. I like Coach Malzahn, too, from Auburn. He's a good guy. I've got a chance to spend a lot of time around him."

Slayton says he's got his sights set on academics, too.

"Obviously I want to go to a good academic school so I can go there and get educated in case I get injured or something," Slayton said. "From a football perspective, I want to go to a place that has good coaches and also stability. Stable coaches - people that are going to be there however long I end up being there - either all four years or three."

While he's focused primarily on Auburn, Alabama and Georgia of late, he says he's willing to travel as far as it takes to find the right school for him.

"I wouldn't want to go venture too far from home," Slayton said. "I grew up in the south, so I'd like to play in the conference I grew up watching, but I'm not opposed to Ohio State. They're eight hours away or whatever, but you know it's all about whatever fits best."

Slayton only has one thing planned for the summer, but it's pretty important in terms of recruiting.

"The only thing for sure in the summer - I'm going to The Opening in July," Slayton said. "As far as colleges and everything, I have't scheduled anything like that yet."

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