September 23, 2011

Coveted DL sizing up his top schools

Through four games, junior college defensive end Denico Autry and his East Mississippi Community College team are 4-0 and the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder is focused on continuing to improve.

"I'm doing pretty good. I need to get my sack game up," Autry said.

Even if Autry's sack-game is yet to heat up, his recruitment is starting to do so. With dozens of offers on the table for Autry, college coaches have started to check in on him weekly.

"It's just now starting to turn back up. It was kind of laid back but now it's turning back up and I've been getting a lot of phone calls," Autry said.

Autry had a lot of talking to do Wednesday night as Mississippi State, Alabama and Tennessee all called. For the Vols, it was recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph who phoned the third-ranked junior college player in the country.

"He was just wanting to see how I was doing and how everything was going," Autry said of his talk with Joseph.

There's a good reason those three schools called him as the Bulldogs, Vols and Tide make up his top three, with Auburn still hanging on he said. Autry said he's hoping to visit each school this football season for a game, but that it would probably have to wait because most of his games come on Saturdays from here on out.

Autry did add that he may see Alabama this weekend because he did have a game on Thursday night but that nothing was finalized.

When it comes to the Vols, who he officially visited in July, Autry said he still has a good feeling about them.

"Really, just how they do things. Just because I think they have everything and they have some good d-linemen coming up and I want to be a part of that," Autry said.

Rivals.com ranks Autry a four-star prospect.

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