A physical player who opponents have learned to stay away from on Friday nights, 5-11, 175 Zaccheus Etheridge from Charles Henderson High School is quickly earning a reputation as a player who can shut down even the best of receivers.
That was built by his work on the field as a junior and strengthened after a performance at a recent Auburn football camp. Working against some of the top receivers in the South, including Chris Slaughter, Terrell Zachery and Jeff Ogren, Etheridge more than held his own. He says that the experience was a good one for him as he heads into his senior season.
"The camp went very good," Etheridge tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I enjoyed camping in Auburn. I think I helped myself."
Zaccheus Etheridge says that his strength is covering and he showed that at a recent Auburn camp.
Soon to be a three-year starter for the Trojans, Etheridge is coming off a fantastic junior season when he had 65 tackles and seven interceptions from his cornerback spot. He also plays some wide receiver and had eight catches last season in limited use, but it's on defense where he makes his mark.
It's not surprising that schools have already found Etheridge and the list is starting to lengthen as the summer turns into fall in Alabama. Currently the only offer is from Southern Mississippi, but Auburn, Vanderbilt and Clemson are also very interested in the cornerback. He says that while he doesn't have an offer from Auburn they are very much in the lead at the moment.
"Auburn is my favorite right now," Etheridge says. "I love the way they do things and their organization. The coaches all have great personalities and they work with everybody. They don't just find one player to work with, they work with everybody."
Etheridge is also a standout on the track and basketball teams for the Trojans after playing baseball early in his high school career. The speedster is a member of the 4x100 relay team in track and plays point guard on the hardwood.