"I committed yesterday," Etheridge tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The reason I did it is that I couldn't pass up the opportunity. They're only going to sign one DB this year and if they would have offered another guy and he took it, I just had to go ahead and take it. That's where I want to go to school.
"I was expecting to get the offer Saturday when I came up there for the scrimmage," he adds. "They told my folks I needed to come up there so I could get the offer. If I wouldn't have came I probably wouldn't have had the offer. I just had to go ahead and do it."
Etheridge was one of the more physical defensive backs this summer at Auburn's camp.
Also receiving offers from Oklahoma State, Illinois, Troy, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss, Etheridge says he will visit some other schools but his decision to Auburn is solid. He says he will be attending several Auburn games this fall, including the season opener against Georgia Tech.
A relative unknown because of his limited camp exposure, Etheridge was clearly at the top of the pack at Auburn's camp and was dominating in one-on-one's against some of the top receiver talent in the South. He says that experience gives him a lot of confidence heading into his senior season.
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 as he has the ability to shut down opponents on his side of the field.
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. Charles Henderson opens its season this Friday night against rival Pike County.
Etheridge becomes the eighth Auburn commitment joining defensive tackle Greg Smith, defensive lineman Bart Eddins, quarterbacks Neil Caudle and Steven Ensminger, running back Benjamin Tate, athlete Mario Fannin and linebacker Hendrick Leverette.