Tallahassee, Fla.--Looking for help in the defensive secondary the Auburn Tigers got some help towards that with the signing of talented Michael Slade Wednesday morning at Lincoln High School. A big defensive back at 6-1 ½, 175, Slade is a physical player that could give Auburn depth right away.
Ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Slade finished his senior season with 40 tackles, one interception and seven pass break ups. Sharing the load in the secondary with talented junior T.J. Bryant as well as part-time defender Brandon Paul, Slade was part of a secondary for the Trojans that didn't get much action in 2006.
A visitor to Auburn in January along with teammate Tim Lamb who also signed with Auburn, Slade says that having former teammate Craig Stevens already at Auburn is just one of the many reasons the atmosphere at Auburn just feels like home to him.
"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."
Because of his size and speed Slade could get a look at both the cornerback and safety positions for the Tigers next fall. One of the top triple-jumpers in Tallahassee, Slade will attempt to win a state championship this spring for the Trojans.