Recruiting Looking Up for Growing Lineman

Big Chad Slade discusses his weekend at Auburn's Senior Football Camp.

Moody, Ala.--After picking up an SEC offer from Mississippi State at a previous camp, Moody High School lineman Chad Slade is hoping offer number two comes from Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers.

On Saturday and Sunday he worked out at Auburn's Senior Football Camp and says he believes he caught the eyes of the AU coaches.

"It was a good camp and I had a lot of fun," he says. "I learned a lot of new stuff about how to pass block and run block."

Preparing for his senior year at Moody High School, where he is a two-sport athlete, Slade says he currently checks in at 6-6, 316 pounds and is probably still growing.

"My sophomore year I was like six-foot-two and now I am six-foot-six," he points out. "Hopefully, I am going to get bigger than I am now."

With his height Slade plays basketball and earned All-Area honors in that sport as a junior after averaging 20 points per game.

In football, he says he will play left tackle on offense and end on defense as a senior. "I like offense better because I like to push people around and be mean and nasty with them instead of them pushing me around," he says.

He has the size and strength to do some pushing. "I bench press 335 pounds, I squat 525 pounds and I power clean 275," he says.

He also has surprising quickness for someone his size. He notes that he ran a 5.0 40 at the Auburn camp.

The rising senior is expected to be a three-year starter this fall in football and he has started in basketball since his ninth grade year, not long after he arrived in Moody. "I moved there as an eighth grader," he notes. "I grew up in Birmingham and Atlanta."

Slade, who says he has a 3.0 grade point average, is familiar with a former Auburn football player. One of my cousins, Stacy Danley played for Auburn," he says. "He told me to make up my own mind on where I want to go to college. He said for now I should be interested, but said don't commit yet."

Commenting on what he is looking for in a college, the big lineman says, "How good they are communication-wise and how they are a family are important to me," he points out."

Slade notes that he is definitely interested in Auburn and he believes that is reciprocal after his two days at the AU camp. "I talked to the offensive line coach (Jeff Grimes)," Slade says. "I like him. I know he coached a lot of guys who made it to the NFL. Coach (Tommy) Thigpen is my recruiter. He told me he is very interested and told me that I just need to keep in contact with them."

The big lineman says the Auburn coaches told him that adding offensive linemen is a high priority for their 2010 signee class.

Slade is interested in studying criminal justice in college and this summer he is focusing on his senior football season. "I am working to become a better leader and become stronger," he says.

He may also check out other colleges this summer. "I might go to the Ole Miss camp," he says, adding that he may visit two other colleges that have been recruiting him, Georgia and Louisiana Tech.

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