Football Prospect Says Visit to AU Is "Great"

Although Auburn didn't play well, that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of this prospect for the Auburn football program.

Chatham, Va.--After Auburn signed Chris Slaughter out of Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Ga., last February, Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville said he couldn't wait to get the talented wide receiver on the Auburn campus.

However, Slaughter didn't qualify academically and headed north to prep school for a season.

Slaughter was in Auburn on Saturday for an official visit to watch the Georgia at Auburn football game and Slaughter notes Auburn's head coach said he wished the wideout had been on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"Coach Tuberville told me he couldn't wait for me to get to Auburn and catch some deep balls," Slaughter says. "I really want to come in to Auburn and be a big factor."

As a senior at Peach County High School, Slaughter was named the Class AAA Player of the Year as he helped the team to the state title. He scored 23 touchdowns and finished with 1,350 receiving yards.

He followed that up with a strong fall in prep school at Hargrave Military Academy. "It was a good season for me," the receiver says. "Our team went 7-3. I had 43 catches for 930 yards with eight touchdowns."

A two-time All-State selection who committed to Auburn over offers from Michigan, Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina and others, Slaughter says his commitment to Auburn is strong. "There is a great opportunity for me at Auburn," said. "I believe I can come in and help the team.

"I am looking forward to getting to Auburn next year," he adds. "I am going to take care of that. Academics is all I am focused on right now and I will be at Auburn."

The wide receiver says that attending the prep school has been a good thing for him academically. "Hargrave is harder than regular public school, but I felt like I need it for me to be able to come to Auburn because I wasn't getting it done in high school," he says. "At Hargrave I am working harder."

Slaughter, who was also a basketball standout at Peach County High School, was making his second official visit to Auburn. He notes despite the disappointing showing by the Auburn football team in its loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, he enjoyed himself.

"The visit was real good," he says. "It was better than last year's visit. This time I hung out with Courtney Taylor and he showed me a good time. He took me to a fraternity party and showed me around.

"I met a lot of people," Slaughter adds. "Courtney introduced me to a lot of different people and told them I was going to be at Auburn next year. I had a great time."

Slaughter says his best game this season was against the Virginia Tech junior varsity team. "I had six catches for 120 something yards and I caught a touchdown at the end of the game that they called back on me. I am ready to get to Auburn and play next season."


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