Wide Receiver Verbal Nice Catch For Tigers

This Peach State standout gave a commitment to the Tigers Wednesday night.

Fort Valley, Ga.-–Standout wide receiver Chris Slaughter already knew he was going to be an Auburn Tiger, but Saturday night's visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium for a game made it a slam dunk in his mind.

"I had already decided, but I waited until today to talk to the coaches and tell them," Slaughter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Saturday kind of sealed everything for me."

A physical receiver at 6-3, 165 with good speed and leaping ability, Slaughter came to one of Auburn's camps this summer and was one of the more impressive offensive players in attendance. That trip allowed Slaughter to get to know the coaches and a few of the players better and when he came back Saturday it cemented his thoughts on the Auburn program.

"They showed me I was welcome down there," Slaughter says. "They took me in like I was already on the team. I just like the way those boys are just a family down there."

Slaughter is an outstanding athlete who runs well, jumps well and catches the football well.

Nobody had any idea what to expect out of Auburn's offense as they opened the season against Georgia Tech last Saturday night, but few expected 44 passes and nearly 350 yards through the air. While it wasn't enough for a victory, it was enough to wow a receiver in the stands.

"It was amazing," Slaughter says. "They passed more than I thought they were going to. That kind of just sparked my mind then. The quarterback surprised me some, too. He looked good."

With more than a dozen offers to choose from, Slaughter chose the Tigers over South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State and Ole Miss in the end. He says that he plans to take his official visit to Auburn, but doesn't plan on visiting anywhere else.

This season things have been rough for Slaughter as he's one of the few returning starters for Peach County High. In two games he has three catches for just over 90 yards and one touchdown. He's also added another touchdown on a 97-yard kickoff return for a score.

As a junior Slaughter caught 42 passes for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is rated by Scout.com as the number 15 wide receiver in the nation for the Class of 2006 and becomes Auburn's ninth commitment this fall. He joins defensive linemen Greg Smith and Bart Eddins, quarterbacks Neil Caudle and Steven Ensminger, athlete Mario Fannin, running back Benjamin Tate, linebacker Hendrick Leverette and defensive back Zaccheus Etheridge as Auburn's verbal commitments at this time.

Scout.com's Scott Kennedy says the Tigers are getting a nice addition to the 2006 recruiting class. "He is definitely one of the top prospects in Georgia this year," Kennedy says.

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