Prospect Joining In AU's Recruiting Efforts

Current Auburn commitment Zaccheus Etheridge talks about his unofficial visit to the Plains and doing a little recruiting of his own.

Troy, Ala.—Auburn commitment Zaccheus Etheridge may need to be credited with an assist in helping the Tigers land their football latest commitment.

The talented cornerback prospect, who committed to Auburn in August, was doing a little recruiting of his own on his unofficial visit to the Plains over the weekend.

"I talked to Chris Slaughter and the quarterback from Central-Phenix City, Earl Alexander," Etheridge says. "I was telling them to come on and come to Auburn."

Slaughter took Etheridge's advice and committed to the Tigers on Wednesday.

Along with trying to bring some more talented players with him into the 2006 recruiting class, Etheridge notes that he found time to really enjoy his first trip to AU for a football game.

"We had fun," he says about himself and his family. "I came down and we tailgated and everything and met up with Coach (Steve) Ensminger at the Tiger Walk and I enjoyed that. Then, we just sat around and talked to a couple of other recruits and my parents got to talk with Coach Ensminger again. Also, I got to talk to Coach (David) Gibbs about everything and then we just watched the game and I enjoyed all of it.

"There were a lot of fans out there," he adds about the atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "They had a lot of support. I haven't ever been anywhere that big that had a lot of support like that. But, I enjoyed the gameday and how everything went. I was just excited to see it."

Zaccheus Etheridge could very well be the Tigers only cornerback commitment for the class of 2006.

The 5-11, 175-pound corner, who notes that the Tiger Walk was his favorite part of the AU experience, says that his trip only helped to solidify his commitment to the Tigers.

Much like the Tigers, Etheridge's Charles Henderson team got their season off to a losing start. However, the 5-11, 175-pound corner says he believes his team will rebound.

"We played fine, we just needed to eliminate the turnovers and the mental mistakes in the game," he explains about a 45-14 opening night loss to regional opponent Eufala. "When we eliminate them we are going to be hard to beat."

As for his play in the opener, Etheridge rates it as up and down. "I think I played pretty good, it wasn't the best game because I fumbled," he notes about fumbling a kickoff return. "I feel like I have played better. But, on the defensive side I feel like I played very good."

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