Ben Obomanu, Devin Aromashodu are Anthony Mix are athletic receivers with good hands who are big targets for quarterback Brandon Cox. New verbal commitment Chris Slaughter has the potential to be a big receiver, but as a senior at Peach County High he is still on the skinny side.
"I hope to gain at least 10 pounds by the time I get to college," says Slaughter, who told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday that he plans to sign with Auburn in February, making him AU's ninth public verbal commitment.
With a six-foot-three frame and only 165 pounds on it, the Peach County High star shouldn't have much trouble adding size and muscle when he arrives at Auburn and gets into Kevin Yoxall's strength and conditioning program.
Concentrating on one sport should help him get larger, too. Slaughter is also a basketball standout for PCHS. He averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game as a junior.
"A lot of colleges told me I could play both football and basketball, but I don't want to do that," he says. "When I get to Auburn I want to concentrate on football only. That is my best sport."
Chris Slaughter is shown in action at a summer football camp.
As a junior Slaughter caught 42 passes for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns. That squad was one of the powerhouse teams in the state of Georgia, finishing the season 13-2.
Peach County High is in a rebuilding year, Slaughter notes. "We lost a lot of people from last year's team and I am trying to be a leader," he says.
He is also trying to be a physical football player, which he considers one of his main strengths even though he is on the thin size. Slaughter has earned a reputation as a player who makes the tough catches over the middle and as a player who has the ability to get open on deep balls.
Slaughter was one of the most impressive summer campers at Auburn, regardless of position. His play won the respect of AU coaches and Slaughter says he came away from the camp with Auburn high on his list of colleges he was considering.
Spending last Saturday on the Plains for the season-opener vs. Georgia Tech convinced him that Auburn is where he wants to spend his collegiate days. He notes that he plans to major in early childhood education in college.
"I felt real comfortable there," he notes. "I really like the players and coaches. They welcomed me like I was a member of their team."
Slaughter, who says that Auburn's main competition in this recruiting battle was Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks, notes the excitement on gameday at Jordan-Hare Stadium was a big plus. "I really enjoyed it," he says. "It is just a great atmosphere for football."