Junior College Lineman Visiting Tigers

Devonte Danzey

Auburn will get a visit from a top junior college offensive lineman this weekend.

Hutchinson, Kan.—There is no doubt one area of need for the Auburn Tigers heading into the 2013 season is on the interior offensive line. With senior John Sullen gone and Chad Slade as the only experienced guard on the roster, Coach Gus Malzahn's offense needs a physical player to be able to step in and play next season.

One of the prospects who could fit the bill for that role is junior college standout Devonte Danzey from Hutchinson Community College. A visitor this weekend for the Tigers, Danzey is a player who has grown two inches and gained nearly 40 pounds in the last two years to turn himself into a Division I prospect. He said that after getting to know more about Auburn he likes what he sees down the road.

"Auburn runs the type of offense I'm more comfortable with," Danzey tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It fits my style of play of athletic linemen that get out in space. It's in the SEC. They have a lot of history."

Originally from Florida where he played high school football for Tampa Bay Tech, Danzey is a 6-4, 290-pounder who had early offers from South Florida, Troy and Kansas, but has since seen his recruiting pick up after a strong sophomore season. Having already visited Texas Tech last weekend and West Virginia officially, he was at Baylor earlier this week before heading to Auburn this weekend.

The opportunity to play early is something that is big for Danzey. With three years left to play two and an early enrollee who can began classes at his new college in January, the lineman said Auburn offers him what he is looking for and that is the chance to compete right away.

"That's what will determine my commitment is how early I'll be able to get on the field," Danzey said. "That's what I'm looking for."

With the junior college signing period coming up next week, Danzey said he'll likely wait until around Christmas before making his final decision.

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