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Summertime decision for English?
Posted Jun 3, 2011
Darius English, a 6' 6", 218-pound defensive end out of Powder Springs, Ga., had quite a few visitors come by McEachern High to scout him this spring.
"So many schools have been by,"
said. "Michigan State (offer), Auburn (offer), Wake Forest (offer), Vandy (offer), South Carolina (offer), Mississippi State (offer), Ole Miss (new offer), Cinci (offer), and North Carolina (offer) have all been by. Ole Miss actually offered me after they came by. Everybody else had already offered me."
Another premier program out of the SEC stopped by.
"Florida came by. They told me that they really liked how I play. One of their coaches told me that he was going back to talk it over with the rest of their coaches, but I have not heard back from them yet."
English talked about his most recent offer.
"One of our players from over here,
, played at Ole Miss so he kind of fills me in about what is going on over there. I really do not know that much about them other than what he tells me and what Coach (Markuson) tells me. He came by the school the other week, and we have been talking a lot on the phone lately."
Who are the main schools involved right now?
"I would say my top five are Auburn, South Carolina, Michigan State, Arkansas, and North Carolina."
"I like Auburn because they won the national championship and have a great defensive line."
"I feel like South Carolina is on the rise in the SEC. I think they will probably end up winning the SEC this year. They also have a lot of tall defensive ends like me on their team so I would fit in well there."
"Michigan State is just a great school, academically, and they compete for the Big 10 title every year."
"Arkansas is another great school in the SEC. They also produce great defensive linemen and win a lot of games."
"North Carolina is another great academic school."
Another SEC school comes in just outside Darius' top 5.
"I would put Mississippi State at number six. I like their defensive schemes. They play for the pass, and if they run the ball, they will adjust from there. Coach (Angelo) Mirando keeps in touch with me a lot and we talk a lot too."
Darius only has two camps that he has scheduled but more could be coming.
"I am going to Auburn on June 12th and South Carolina on June 18th. That's it so far, but I want to visit all of the schools who have offered me before the summer is over. I have only been to Auburn and Vandy's campuses so far."
The Vanderbilt visit was positive.
"It is another great academic school. They have the highest graduation rate in the SEC. They have a new coach in Coach Franklin so I want to see how they do this fall to see what is up."
When does English plan to make his decision?
"I want to get it over with before the start of my season, and if somehow I do not, it will not drag on for long during my season. I just want to go where I feel the most comfortable on my visits. That's all it will boil down to for me."
English was named 1st Team All-State and County in the State of Georgia last season.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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