Florence Chooses Chizik's Tigers

Erique Florence signed with the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday, choosing them over USC, Alabama and others.

Valley, Ala.--After months of speculation four-star safety Erique Florence made it official on Wednesday when he signed with the Auburn Tigers after favoring coach Gene Chizik's program since early last year. He chose Auburn over Alabama, USC and dozens of other schools from across the country.

"I will play football at Auburn University," Florence said. "When you look at Auburn you have coach Gene Chizik. He's had three undefeated seasons, some as a defensive coordinator. They won a national championship this year because I felt like they all came together as a team and coaches. I felt like the players had the coaches back as well as the coaches had the players back. It's a family thing there."

Playing quarterback as a senior for the Rams Florence had a big season. Showing his versatility, the 6-2, 185-pounder ran for just over 1,000 yards while throwing for an addition 900+ yards. He also added 22 total touchdowns.

A visitor several times throughout the year, Florence took his official visit to Auburn during bowl practices. He made another trip to the Plains for the BCS National Championship Celebration, giving him a good feel for what Auburn was all about.

"Basically it's just where I feel more comfortable at this point and time," Florence said. "I'm more comfortable at Auburn than anywhere. I feel like I can trust the coaching staff and we can do great things there."

That trust in the coaching staff proved to be a big part of the equation for Florence. He said his relationship not only with position coach Tommy Thigpen but also with Trooper Taylor was one of the things that led him to Auburn.

"I love it there," Florence said. "All along Auburn has been on my heart. Don't get me wrong I loved USC and I loved everyone that recruited me. It was hard to make my decision.

"I love Auburn," he added. "I love the coaching staff. I think Thig and Troop are two of the funniest, craziest dudes I've ever met. I love coach Chizik. I think great things are happening at Auburn."

Video of Florence's Announcement


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