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Auburn football is keying in on Kensley Faustin

By Zac Blackerby,


Kensley Faustin has tape that jumps out at you.

His natural ability to pursue and high-point the football is elite when watching his 2022 tape.

Primarily playing in the middle of the field at safety and nickel, Faustin showed off his ability to blanket receivers and force quarterbacks to make perfect throws in order for them to earn a completion. When the throw wasn't perfect, Faustin was great at getting a hand on the football.

Recruiting expert Brian Smith joined Locked On Auburn to talk about Faustin and Auburn's chances with recruiting him.

"He could be a safety or a corner. He can really run. He's just a raw kid, but that's what South Florida is famous for," Smith said. "Naples is about as far south as you go before you hit the ocean. He's a great kid too, and he's not somebody that's shy about competition. He will not have a difficult time adjusting to the Southeastern Conference. If he played at a different high school in a more populated area of Florida, he would probably be ranked a lot higher. With that being stated, I have full confidence that he can play in the SEC West. That's really all you need to know."

Listed at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds, Faustin isn't the biggest defensive back on Auburn's radar but Smith isn't concerned about what he can offer defensively.

"If you're going to play man coverage and just play bump all the time, you know, you can put him at nickel, you can do different things with him, but he's an explosive kid," Smith said. "So I'm not really worried about it. Yeah. Kids get hurt more often if they're smaller, but that's part of it at defensive back, man, you got to roll the dice with kids that have the hips and he can move."

Faustin is expected to visit Auburn this weekend and will spend a lot of time with defensive back coaches Wesley McGriff and Zac Etheridge.

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