One of South's Top Wide Receivers Favors Two

One of the South's most talented wide receiver prospects made a visit to Auburn for a camp and came away impressed by what he saw and heard in the two days on campus.

Fort Valley, Ga.--Peach County's Chris Slaughter is considered by many to be one of the better high school wide receivers in the South and he showed why last weekend at a camp on the Auburn campus.

The 6-3, 165-pounder was one of a group of outstanding receivers, along with Terrell Zachery and Jeff Ogren, who were nearly unstoppable for two days. He says that the camp made him a better player because of what he learned in just a short time.

"They showed me a lot of hand work with the defensive backs and a lot of footwork," Slaughter says. "I have never seen the kind of routes they run. It's similar to ours, but when they showed me how many steps it was real different from ours. I just had to come out here and learn and work very hard."

A player who has been on the radar of many schools since last season when he caught 42 passes for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns, Slaughter hasn't had the chance to visit many schools so far this summer. He says that being able to compete in front of the Auburn coaches was something he really enjoyed.

"It's important for me," Slaughter says. "I've been going to little camps and stuff like that. I really haven't been able to show my skills to college coaches until now. It's big for me. I'm thankful to be out here showing what I can do. Showing the defensive backs what I can do really helps me for my upcoming senior year. I feel like I have improved my footwork and handwork."

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

His improvement only spells trouble for opposing defenses next year while it bodes well for his college prospects down the line. A physical player who has a nose for the football when it's in the air, Slaughter says that right now he's narrowing his list, but two schools are a little ahead as he prepares for his senior season.

"I have 11 offers now," Slaughter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Ole Miss as my group of favorites. Auburn and South Carolina are really my top schools."

Losing senior receivers Devin Aromashodu, Ben Obomanu and Anthony Mix following the 2005 season, it's no secret that the Tigers are in the market for at least two quality receivers in the 2006 signing class. Following his performance over the weekend there's a good chance that Slaughter is just what they're looking for at the position.

He notes that after getting a chance to check out Auburn up close the feeling may be mutual.

"I really like the coaches," Slaughter says. "They seem real nice and they kind of like me up here. They show me things and it's like they welcome me home. They tell me how, because of my speed and agility on the field, I really might have a good chance of starting here when I come."


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