Florence Talks About Upcoming Auburn Visit

Talented defensive back prospect Erique Florence talks about his visit to Auburn, recruiting, and playing in the all-star game.

Valley, Ala.--It's no secret that the Auburn Tigers are looking for playmakers in the secondary and one of the best in the nation will be taking his official visit to the Plains this weekend to check out Gene Chizik's program in person.

A four-star prospect and the number five safety in the country by Scout.com, Erique Florence has offers from all over the country and will make his first official stop in Auburn.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it," Florence tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm looking forward to meeting new players and being around new people."

A visitor to Auburn probably a dozen times in the past six months for unofficial visits, practices and games, Florence says that while many have been surprised by the Tigers' play this season he's not one of them.

"It really hasn't impressed me too much because after the season last year I told my mom that people better watch out for Auburn," Florence says. "I told her that Auburn would be a front runner for the next few years. It really hasn't surprised me. The way that all of them have bought into the new quarterback with Cam (Cameron Newton) being there, they've all played as one team."

In addition to Auburn Florence says that he's got a pair of additional visits also scheduled with USC on Jan. 15 and Alabama on Jan. 21. While Alabama has been neck and neck with Auburn pretty much the entire time for Florence, he notes that the Trojans have come on strong recently because of the interest they've shown in him.

"I don't have a leader right now," Florence says. "I'm pretty open right now. After the official visits I will pretty much know where I want to go, but I probably won't say it until February. If I can't hold it until then it will be late January.

"(USC) has been in it for a while," he adds. "They've been here recruiting as hard as Alabama and Auburn. I could say harder than either one of them. They've been at it pretty tough. The only places I've been are to Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia. This will be a first for me, the flight and California."

After a disappointing regular season ended with a first-round defeat in the playoffs, Florence had one more opportunity to put on the pads as a high school player in Alabama last Saturday when he took part in the Alabama-Mississippi game in Mobile.

"It was nice," Florence says. "When you turn on the TV and read the papers every week you see where Brent Calloway or Jonathan Rose or somebody like that had a pretty good week. For me to end my senior year playing in the all-star game with guys like that is top notch."

In Alabama's exciting win in the game Florence says he played well with three tackles, a pair of pass break ups, and eight big hits. That came despite his lack of defensive play this season. Playing strictly quarterback for the Rams, Florence notes that once he got the defensive mindset back then things fell into place for him in the game.

"I was a little scared going into the week," Florence notes. "I figured I would be a little bit rusty at DB because I had been playing quarterback all year. When I got there and started doing the drills, the first couple of times I did it I was afraid I wouldn't remember the specific techniques to use. As the week went along I realized it was nothing. I remembered everything. By game time I was ready."

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