Darius Slayton arrived to GAC when he was in fifth grade. Throughout his time on campus, he worked hard to ensure that he would have an opportunity to continue playing football at the collegiate level. After helping lead GAC to a state championship appearance while starring at cornerback and wide receiver, Darius was named as a U.S. Army All-American. He later on would sign with Auburn University in the Spring of 2015.
At Auburn, Slayton had a successful 3-year career as a receiver, and he finished with 79 receptions for 1,605 yards and 11 touchdowns during his time on the Plains. In the 2019, Slayton was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants. After four years in the league, the Giants wideout has 170 receptions for 2,554 yards and 15 touchdowns.
After paving his own way in the NFL, Slayton now gives back to the next generation of football players. He hosted his second annual "Slayton Skillz Camp" at Spartan Stadium on July 15. The camp was open to players from the ages of 12 to 16. Each participant had the opportunity to work with coaches and professional football players on the field, and to hear testimonies about life and the game of football.
Several former GAC Football players helped out at the Slayton Skillz Camp including Atlanta Falcons cornerback Micah Abernathy (Class of 2015), Trey Nelson (Class of 2015), and Brandon Washington (Class of 2016). Former Auburn and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean also helped coach at the camp.
The event brought generations of coaches and football players together in an attempt to help advance the game into the future.