This is another in an ongoing Examiner series that highlights the top ranked players from Gwinnett County in the Class of 2015. For those wondering where Gwinnett is, the county sits just east of Atlanta and is the largest of the counties that makes up the metro Atlanta area. Gwinnett is currently home to 16 Class-AAAAAA schools. AAAAAA is Georgia’s largest classification. Darius Slayton is the subject of this addition to the series. Slayton, like previously profiled Micah Abernathy, attends Greater Atlanta Christian.
Based on an overall composite of a number of ranking sources, Slayton is ranked as the No.4 player in the Class of 2015 from Gwinnett. The wide receiver/corner is No. 21 in the state, No. 212 in the nation, and No.26 nationally at WR, his primary position.
Slayton has received offers from more than 20 schools, but Georgia and Auburn seem to be the leading candidates. The 6-foot-2, 182 pound play-maker has shown interest in Vanderbilt, but the Commodores have not made an offer. While the Dawg fan base would love to see Slayton remain in-state, Auburn looks to be the most likely destination.
Slayton has the speed to run past defenders, which he did often last season, as well as the footwork to create space off the line. He has good hands and leaping ability, and can also be a danger returning kicks. It is unlikely that Slayton will be able to run past defenders at the next level as frequently as he has in AA ball, but he has the tools to be successful.
Slayton is also a solid corner, but his ability to break big plays makes him more valuable on the offensive side of the ball.