Talented In-State DB Likes Tigers

A Nike Football Combine standout as a defensive back lists the Tigers as one of his favorites.

Alexander City, Ala.--The 2002 high football season in the state of Alabama should provide plenty of excitement for fans around the state with more college prospects to watch this coming season than in many years.

One of the most talented seniors will be playing about an hour's drive northwest of Auburn at Benjamin Russell High School, where he was a key player in that school's march to the 2001 Class 5A state championship.

Brock shown in action during Benjamin Russell's state title game last fall against Homewood.

"Eric is a talented player and is a definite Division I prospect," says his coach, Willie Carl Martin. "He is also a great young man we enjoy having on the team."

Martin's opinion was shown to be right on the mark at last week's Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa, where the defensive back was one of the more impressive athletes on the field at the University of Alabama. The combine attracted top athletes from across the Southeast.

Brock says the drive across the state was worth making. "It was a very good experience. They taught us a lot of things about running technique and running form. They did a great job. There were a lot of real nice athletes at the combine. You had to compete at 110 percent."

Brock, who can play cornerback or safety, says he will probably go to summer football camps at Auburn, Georgia and Alabama. At the Nike Combine, he was measured at 6-0, 180 pounds. Like many athletes at the camp, he was disappointed with his 40-yard dash time (4.55) that was run on artificial turf that needs to be replaced. He has been clocked at well under 4.5 at other venues. In the vertical jump, he was measured at 34.5 inches.

Brock started for Benjamin Russell as a sophomore on a team that lost in the state championship game, going down in a five-overtime heartbreaker to Homewood. The same two schools met in a rematch last fall and this time Benjamin Russell prevailed.

"It was a great feeling when we won it," Brock says. The Wildcats should be strong again with Brock leading the way on defense and an outstanding quarterback, Clay Harrelson, calling the signals on offense.

Going into his senior season, Brock says he plans to work on his speed and agility. When asked what he sees as the strength of his game, the defensive back says, "I play very good man to man coverage and I tackle well."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Like his father Jimmy Brock, who was star athlete at Auburn High in the 1970s, Eric is good in more than one sport. Eric averaged 17 points per game as a junior point guard while earning All-County honors in basketball. Eric's dad is an assistant football coach at Benjamin Russell and, like his son, says that he is impressed with the Auburn University football program, which signed current Benjamin Russell senior linebacker Tyrone Martin to a football scholarship in February. Auburn assistant coach Joe Whitt, who recruits the Alexander City area, as well as head coach Tommy Tuberville, was at the Nike Combine watching Brock stand out in the individual drills at the three-hour session.

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