Big Tackle Enjoys Auburn Camp Experience

This big man talks about the Auburn Senior Camp on Saturday.

Moody, Ala.--It's no secret that one of the biggest needs for the Auburn Tigers in the 2010 recruiting class is at offensive tackle. With one commitment already on board Auburn is looking for at least one more tackle in the 2010 class.

A player to watch at the position is big Chad Slade. After working out well at an earlier Auburn camp in June, Slade was back on Saturday to show the coaching staff what he could do against some of the talented prospects at the one-day senior camp. He says for him the camp was a great learning experience as he makes the transition from defense to offense as a senior.

"There was a lot of great competition there," Slade tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got a lot better and got everything working good. It was all about competing.

"Things have been going good," he adds. "I have been working hard and lifting weights and trying to get better on my pass protection. I'm just trying to get better and better."

Slade, who is 6-6, 316, is a very athletic prospect and ran a very respectable 5.3 40-yard dash on a slow surface on Saturday. With his combination of size and quickness it's no surprise that he's becoming more and more popular for schools as he gets ready for his senior year.

"Right now I'm hearing from Mississippi State, UAB, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Auburn, Georgia and that's about it," Slade says. "My offers are Arkansas State, UAB, and Mississippi State."

As for Auburn, Slade says the Tigers continue to show him a lot of interest after his performances at the camp. He notes that he thinks he could earn an offer if he continues to progress as a senior.

"They're very interested in me," he points out. "I'm just going to see how it is as I get into my season. Auburn is very good right now. They are on top of my list and I would like to go there."

One of the reasons for Slade's interest in Auburn is because of offensive line Coach Jeff Grimes. Slade says he likes the way Grimes teaches and coaches and it's something that could play in Auburn's favor if an offer comes across.

"He has been teaching me a lot," Slade says. "He's just a great coach and a great person. He's a great teacher and I would like to play for him."

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