Lauderdale down to two

This past weekend marked the last official visit for Eric Lauderdale, and the Saddleback College (Calif.) wide receiver spent it at Arizona State. With a Saturday decision looming which tandem of colleges is Lauderdale considering? Devils Digest caught up with the four-star prospect following his Tempe trip.

"I really wanted to meet the players and coaches I haven't met before," Lauderdale said, "So it was a great visit because I got to do that and just check everything out. The city is nice and the campus is nice. I was hosted by Jalen Strong and he told me how hard the receivers coach, Coach (DelVaughn) Alexander, was on him because he wants the best for you. I like coaches like that who will coach me up and make you play harder.

"If I played there it would be good because he (Strong) gets double teamed a lot, and if I came in they won't be able to do that. The coaches like how I can get a lot of yards after the catch and I can run a lot of different plays for them lining up in different positions. The coaches said that they wanted to showcase me like they did Strong. We have mutual friends so we already clicked on the visit." The 6-2 197 Eric Lauderdale hauling in a team-high 54 receptions for 703 yards and nine touchdowns while missing five games with a groin injury. He already visited Florida and Nebraska and was scheduled to visit Oregon next week. Yet, his list now is trimmed to only two schools.

"I'm done with my visits," Lauderdale declared. "Oregon told me that they already took all the receivers they were going to take in their class and wouldn't have room for me. I was iffy about Oregon anyways so that didn't bother me.

"I like Florida and Arizona State the most and I will make my decision Saturday. I like the coaches at Florida and they have always been one of my favorite schools. I'm gonna figure it out then. Both of them have their pros and cons and I'm just going to figure it out"

The wide receiver said that both schools are scheduled to have in-home visits with his family later this week. Lauderdale is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2014.

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