Versatile Performer Drawing Interest

This standout performer from the Birmingham area is one of the state's top receivers and kick returners.

Adamsville, Ala.-–In college football last season maybe the best two players in the country were running backs Ronnie Brown from Auburn and Reggie Bush from USC because of their versatility on offense. If Minor High's Rashaud Slaughter has his way, in a few years you'll be hearing his name mentioned when talking about the best all-around players in the game.

A dominating figure at running back, receiver and kick returner despite his 5-8, 178 frame, Slaughter uses his speed and quickness to make plays all over the field. Heading into his senior season he's just three punt returns for a touchdown away from the state record. He says the biggest asset to his game is not his quickness, but his strength because he catches people off-guard because of his size.

"Because of my body shape they might think that I'm not strong, but when I get the ball they see how strong I am," Slaughter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That's the strongest part of my game."

Slaughter catches a pass during one-on-one drills Saturday.

Slaughter had a chance to show his speed and quickness on Saturday as he was one of around 100 junior prospects on hand for the Scout.com Auburn Combine. Despite disappointing times in the 40-yard dash of 4.7 seconds, Slaughter was at his best in drills as he was unstoppable at wide receiver in one-on-one action.

"I felt good today," Slaughter says. "When I had to run the 40 I didn't really like it because I have never an on this (turf). I kept taking off bad, so I didn't have good times. I knew when we had one-on-ones I was going to do show my skills out there."

Despite size better suited to play cornerback, Slaughter says that he's hoping to play wide receiver in college. Although he plays some running back in addition to wideout, Slaughter says that playing outside is what he's hoping for because he likes having the ball in his hands and he's better suited for the open field.

"I want to play wide receiver because I'm a bigger threat on offense because of my speed and quickness," Slaughter says. "On defense you're limited because you have to guard and run them down. On offense they never know what you're going to do. I want to play receiver because I know I won't play running back because of my size. I might as well get ready to play receiver in the slot."

The cousin of current Florida State defensive back Dee McClure, Slaughter says that several schools have already shown interest in him. So far his only offer is from Jacksonville State, but he says that he's hearing from schools all over that want to take a closer look at him this fall to see if he's got what it takes to play on the next level.

"I'm hearing from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan State and Southern Miss," Slaughter says. "Clemson has been sending me a lot of stuff as well. I don't have any favorites right now."

Slaughter also runs track for Minor and has a personal-best time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 meter dash. As a freshman he qualified for the state finals in the 55 meter dash before losing to Markus Manson.


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