Six-foot-four, 240-pound defensive end Brandon Deaderick from Elizabethtown High says that the Tigers are definitely one of the teams at the top of his list heading into the thick of the recruiting season.
"I can tell you that Auburn is definitely up there," Deaderick tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I didn't really have much time to visit with the coaches and experience the whole atmosphere, but Auburn is a very good team and I know the coaches well enough. I know how these big games are and they can't really talk to you before them. On my official visit I'll have more time to see what it's like down there."
Scheduled to visit Auburn on Jan. 14, Deaderick says that he's also visiting Alabama (Jan. 7) and Louisville (Jan. 21), but isn't sure if any other college will get a visit from him. Saying he may make a decision before signing day, the explosive defensive end says he's looking for a school that can make him a better football player and give him a shot to play on the next level after college.
"I'm looking for who is going to develop me to be the best defensive end," Deaderick says. "When I graduate I want to be the best defensive end that year in college football, period. I want to be the best. I don't just want to play college football, I want to play on the next level. I don't want to be just a good player, I want to be a great player."
Deaderick got a chance to see some great players up close and personal on Saturday when he watched Auburn defeat Georgia 24-6 in a battle of Top 10 programs. Holding Georgia to its fewest points since a 1998 loss at Tennessee, the Tigers controlled both lines of scrimmage and caught the eye of Deaderick because of that.
"It was a very nice game," Deaderick says. "Auburn came out and played hard. I don't want to really say dominated, but they came out and performed very well against a very good Georgia team. It was the national game of the week. One of the biggest rivalries in the South. The fans were crazy and into it. The atmosphere was great. I really enjoyed it.
"I didn't get a chance to see Tiger Walk because I got there so late," he adds. "We got there about 1 p.m. and the traffic was so heavy. We drove down from Kentucky that morning. When I was walking to the game it was 'War Eagle, War Eagle.' That's all I heard. Then the Georgia fans would say, "Go Dogs.' The fans are crazy down there. It was ridiculous."
Fans in the South aren't only crazy about football Saturdays, but also follow recruiting very closely. Because of that many people came up to Deaderick before and after the game to say hello, something he says was a very neat experience.
"The fans would say, 'Hey Brandon, how are you doing? We've been reading about you on the internet,' things like that," Deaderick says. "They would ask if I'm coming down there. It was fun. I'm kind of used to it now from going to Kentucky and Louisville games and everybody around town constantly asking where you're going and how you're doing. To go out of state and people recognize you and ask you for your autograph, that's pretty good."
Deaderick leads his team into the regional finals this weekend with an 11-1 record. He says that his ability to get to the quarterback and also play the run well are his strengths as a player, something that is music to the ears of college coaches everywhere.
"My reaction time off the ball is good," Deaderick says. "I can read offenses very well. I use my hands good, have quick feet, shed blocks and I have a non-stop motor."