Defensive Back Prospect Down To Four

One of the top defensive backs in the South has Auburn high on his list.

Alexander City, Ala.--One of the most important positions for the Auburn Tigers in the recruiting class for 2003 is at cornerback where they lose three seniors after this season. Looking for more physical players to handle the grind of SEC football, Coach Tommy Tuberville and staff have to go no farther than about an hour up U.S. Highway 280 to see the type of player they want.

At 6-1, 180 pounds with 4.5 speed and the strength to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage, Benjamin Russell's Eric Brock is considered one of the top corner prospects not only in Alabama, but in the South this season. With 14 interceptions his last two seasons and almost 150 tackles, he is a very active player who is always around the football. He has also taken notice that Roderick Hood, Rashaud Walker and Horace Willis will all be gone after this season on the Plains.

"I think that is important," Brock tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I feel that I would have a good shot at coming in and contributing to the team early. I'll look at that. I understand the situation at Auburn. I have been really watching them. I have been talking to the coaches and they are telling me how they are losing a couple of corners. I'll definitely look into it."

Eric Brock

Saying that he has a final four of Auburn, Georgia, Florida and LSU at the moment, Brock notes that he hasn't set up any official visits so far, but is close to sorting out the dates for those. A visitor to each of the campuses for an unofficial visit this football season, he says he's probably down to three schools heading into December. "I would say it's Auburn, Georgia or Florida really right now."

Also a standout on offense this season with 25 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns, Brock says that Auburn is a place he knows plenty about from coming to summer camps and games over the years. Familiar with the coaching staff as well, he says that he believes that if he chose Auburn it would be an easy place for him to get used to.

"I really like the surroundings," Brock says of Auburn. "It's close to home. It's like a 35-minute drive from here. I could see my family a lot and they could come watch me play. I like the coaches. It seems like they are understanding and they give you the time to talk anytime you need to. I have a couple of friends that go there. It would be an easy environment for me to adjust to."

After helping lead the Wildcats to a state championship as a junior Brock says his senior year was a disappointment as his team lost in the second round of the playoffs to Williamson to close out his career on a sour note. Missing three games this season after jamming a toe during a win over Sylacauga, he says he played well when healthy, but the team just lacked a little something this season.

"I think I played really well when I was healthy in the first seven games," Brock says. "I think we just fell apart as a team. We took the game too lightly. We just didn't play to our potential and we lost the game."

Brock says he plans to visit all four schools after Christmas before making a decision. However, like many other players who have an idea going in what schools he likes, he also says that if he finds what he's looking for he won't hesitate to pull the trigger and end the recruiting early.

"I just want to look into the normal day for a football player," Brock notes of things he's looking for on an official visit. "I want to see how they adjust and what they do, how their day goes. I'm pretty sure it's something that I'll know when I find it and I'll go ahead and commit. I guess I'm just waiting around on something to catch my eye."

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