Prospect Feeling Good About the Tigers

This in-state prospect talks about why he feels better than ever about the Tigers.

Troy, Ala.—Auburn is only looking to sign one defensive back in the class of 2006 and after Zaccheus Etheridge put on a show at one of the Tigers' summer camps the coaches knew they had found their man.

The Charles Henderson High standout jumped at the Tigers' scholarship offer back in August, but was thinking about taking some other official visits during the recruiting process.

Zaccheus Etheridge

However, Etheridge says that feeling began to wane quickly and now he is as firmly committed to the Tigers as possible following a great official visit over the weekend.

"It started before I went on the visit, but it was definitely solidified after I took the visit," he says about the feeling of being 100 percent solid with AU.

"It was great," he adds about the trip that he rates a perfect 10. "I enjoyed it. I had fun. My parents had fun. I got along with all of the recruits and the players, and academically everything was fine."

On his visit, Etheridge says he was able to get a good feel for the campus, the town and Auburn as an academic institution. "Mainly, I just rode all over Auburn and learned about all of the academic stuff," he notes. "Also, I talked to some of my professors."

Along with checking out the campus and the academic situation, the 5-11, 175-pound defender says he got to spend a lot of time with his future teammates.

"I hung out with a lot of the players," he explains. "It was just like family. It felt like I was already a part of the team. They knew me and they just treated me like I was already on the team. It felt good.

"Merrill Johnson was my player host," he continues. "We got along great. He told me about everything, how it was, how it was going to be and we had a good time."

Zaccheus Etheridge

Etheridge also got some time to speak with the Tigers' coaching staff on his trip and he says that was enjoyable as well. "We just talked about next year, the workouts, academics and what I am going to be doing this summer," he notes.

As for those summer plans, Etheridge says he is going to use that time to get a head start on his first season as a collegiate athlete.

"I plan on coming in for summer school in June and starting my workouts early and go through pass-skel with the players," he says.

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