Big Lineman Pleased He Picked the Tigers

Comments from Auburn's latest football verbal commitment for the 2010 signee class are featured.

Orlando, Fla.--On a road trip with his AAU basketball team this week, Auburn's newest football verbal commitment says he is excited about his decision to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers.

"I was ready to get the process over and I knew I wanted to be a Tiger so I went ahead and made the decision to get the process over before the season so I wouldn't have a lot of pressure on me," Chad Slade tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

The 6-6, 316 offensive tackle got an offer after performing well in Auburn's one-day Senior Football Camp in July on top of a good performance in a two-day camp back in June.

"I was excited when Auburn offered me a scholarship because I wanted to go to Auburn in the first place," he says.

Asked if he believes his camp performance put him over the top in terms of an offer from the Tigers, Slade says, "Yes sir, I worked hard and showed them I could keep on playing even when I was tired."

Slade is playing center in a major AAU basketball tournament in Florida this week for the Birmingham Bearcats. He averaged 20 points per game in hoops as a junior for Moody High School, but says he plans to concentrate on football only when he gets to Auburn.

"I play basketball because it is good for my footwork and helps me stay in excellent shape," he says.

Chad Slade runs a 40 at an Auburn football camp.

Slade, who notes that he is carrying a 3.0 grade point average at Moody, says he hasn't decided what he wants to major in as a college student. "I want to study to be an FBI agent," he says.

When he returns home from Orlando he will be preparing to play both offense and defense for Moody this season. Commenting on his senior goals, Slade says, "I am going to try to play good football, work hard and show good leadership for my team and try to help my team to win state."

A day after making his decision to play for the Tigers, he says he feels great about his choice. "Auburn is like a family," he says. "The coaches are good and the players are really nice. The campus is nice. Everything is good."

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