Recruit Thinking Championship at Auburn

One of the football prospects who took an official visit to Auburn discusses the big weekend.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Michael Slade says he enjoyed spending time with a familiar face as well as some new friends on his official visit to Auburn.

Slade and 16 other prospects were on the Auburn campus to check out the Tigers' program over the weekend. The defensive back from Lincoln High says he likes what he saw.

"My visit was great," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "My hosts were Zach Etheridge and Craig Stevens. The players took us out. I really like it in Auburn. It is family oriented and we had a great time.

"I know Craig because we played on the same team at Lincoln High School," Slade points out. "It was a great experience playing with him and I think it will be a great experience playing with him again."

After visiting Auburn from Friday through Sunday, Slade says he has a better feel for the place where he plans to spend his collegiate years.

"I really do feel better about my decision to go to Auburn," he says. "To see all of the guys on the team and how they respond to each other and how they have a connection is impressive. It is like a big family. We are all like brothers and I really enjoy that."

Slade says that the other recruits who were in for official visits noticed that, too. "All of us had a good time. We got to see how the players respond to one another and what they do outside of football. It was a great experience for all of us."

Slade, who plays both cornerback and safety, says he expects to get looks at both positions next summer when he attends Auburn. He currently stands 6-1 1/2 and weighs 175 pounds.

"The first day we came up the coaches took our parents out to eat and the players took us out to eat," Slade says. "We went to Outback Steakhouse. We went to Zach's house, then we went to Ben Tate's house and then to Craig's house. After that we went to a party at a frat house. I got to meet Quentin Groves and a lot of other players.

"On Saturday we took a tour of the school and the players met with advisers from whatever major they are interested in. We had lunch and then dinner with the players in the Tiger Den at the stadium. It was really nice.

"They took us in the locker room and they showed me my jersey with my cleats, my helmet and my shoulder pads and I was just in awe," Slade says. "It was a very good experience. Then we went out on the field and took pictures with our jerseys on. After that we went out with our hosts and had a good time."

Slade is one of two verbal commitments from Lincoln High planning to sign with the Tigers this year. Noseguard Tim Lamb plans to play for Auburn and he took his official visit to AU over the weekend.

In December a third Lincoln High prospect, wide receiver/returner Brandon Paul, took an official visit to check out the Tigers.

"I know his top three choices are Auburn, Tennessee and Florida State," Slade says of Paul. "I am trying to pull him into Auburn, but you know how it goes. Florida State is the home team for where we are from. He is in Tennessee taking his visit with them so he could go that way with Deshaun Barnes." Barnes is defensive back who has committed to the Vols.

Slade notes that he is impressed with the recruits he saw in Auburn over the weekend and notes the linemen are physically impressive. "We have have got some pretty big guys coming in with our class," he says. "I think we are going to do pretty good. I am just ready to play for Auburn and get a championship."


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