Defensive Back Rates Tigers As One Of His Leaders

A Tiger Ticket report features an article on a highly regarded high school senior who is looking at the Tigers and other SEC teams.

Alexander City, Ala.--It was a painful season in more ways than one for Benjamin Russell High School senior defensive back and wide receiver Eric Brock.

He battled a turf toe injury that limited what he could do for part of the season. However, the biggest hurt may have been the fact that his Wildcats were not able to defend their Class 5A state title, which had been the main goal going into the 2002 season. "The season didn't turn out the way we wanted it to," Brock says.

A six-foot, 180-pounder with sub 4.5 speed in the 40, he played both ways as a senior. "My injury is almost well now," says Brock, who is also a very good point guard for the BRHS basketball team. "I would say it is about 98 percent." Brock is currently averaging 15 points per game on the hardwood, close to his average of 16.4 as a junior.

Eric Brock is shown during a game this past season.

Brock has Auburn on his short list of colleges he is strongly considering. He plans to visit Auburn, South Carolina and Arkansas and may take a trip to Georgia. He has offers from LSU and other colleges.

"I am not sure of my visits dates," says Brock. "I am getting with my coach (Carl Martin) when I go back to school after the break and go over those with him."

Brock says that Auburn and South Carolina are his clear favorites. "I like the South Carolina coaching staff," he says. "I like the way they are recruiting me as a person and not just a football player. Auburn is close to home and it is very convenient for my family to see me play and if I need to go home."

Brock hasn't taken any official visits, but took unofficial trips on game days to games at Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech and Alabama.

Despite missing three games with an injury for his 10-3 Wildcats, Brock managed six interceptions and 78 tackles while catching 28 passes for 585 yards and seven touchdowns. He returned one interception for a score. As a junior, he intercepted eight passes and totaled 68 tackles while catching 10 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

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