A standout at the Scout.com Combine in Louisville this year, the 6-3 1/2, 226-pounder is a two-way standout for Bell County High School.
"I have a real good feeling about Auburn," he says. "I like the campus and the the city. It is not a big city and it is kind of laid back. It looks like a place that I would enjoy going to college." He visited Auburn in the spring and was able to watch the Tigers practice.
Slusher says he also says he likes the staff at Auburn. "The coaches there are just real good guys," he says.
A strong student who is interested in majoring in engineering in college, he plays tight end and linebacker and could even grow into a defensive end in college. He also considered Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee and other colleges.
He has excellent quickness and strength, especially for a prospect who hasn't started his senior season in high school.
At the Scout.com Combine in Louisville, he ran an impressive 4.69 40-yard dash with a 34.6-inch vertical jump and a 4.19 NFL short shuttle time. This week in a skills test at his high school, he posted back to back times of 4.6 seconds in the 40 along with a 57.0 in the 400. That skills test also included weightlifting.
"I power-cleaned 355 pounds, which broke the old school record by 50 pounds," he notes. "I did 450 in the squat. I didn't go any higher because I was going to run the 40. In the bench I did 315 pounds."
Playing in a run-oriented offense as a junior, he caught 14 passes for 353 yards and six touchdowns. He was very busy on defense with 102 solo tackles and 31 assists. On the Bell County track and field team, he threw the shot put 48 feet last season.
Slusher, who says he likes to play both offense and defense, notes that he likes the way the Tigers use their tight ends in Coach Al Borges' offensive system. He notes that Don Dunn, who recruits the state of Kentucky for the Tigers, and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger are recruiting him for the Tigers.
Slusher is Auburn's ninth verbal commitment for the 2007 Auburn signee class. The complete list includes: