Valley, Ala.--It's big game week at Valley High and that means one of the more interesting junior football prospects in the state of Alabama is ready to hit somebody.
Of course, that's probably true every week with physical Enrique Florence, a 6-3, 186-pounder who is off to a strong start this season for the Rams.
"We are all excited about the Lanett game," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers as his Valley Rams prepare to travel a few miles up the road to Lanett High's stadium to take on the Panthers in a rivalry game that is always fiercely contested with players on both sides of the field who know each other.
Florence is expected to be heavily involved in the action on Friday night. He plays safety, linebacker, wide receiver, quarterback, returns kicks and does just about everything but sell popcorn at halftime.
"I do play a lot of positions, but I enjoy it," he says.
Another thing he is enjoying is plenty of early attention from colleges. He has scholarship offers from Auburn and Alabama plus others and is being recruited by colleges all the way to the west coast such as Stanford, Southern Cal, UCLA and Stanford. "It is exciting to get offers and have so many of them interested," he says.
The junior says that he is definitely interested in the Tigers and Tide and notes he has followed both teams growing up. However, he says this early in the recruiting process he is trying to keep an open mind. "I don't really have a leader right now," he says.
"I know I am looking for a college where I really like the environment and feel like I fit in with the players, the coaches and the students," he says. "It is important for me to go to a place that has a good, safe environment with people I enjoy being around."
An honor student, he says that he hasn't decided what he wants to major in as a college student.
Florence's Rams are looking to improve their record to 4-1 vs. the 2-2 Lanett Panthers. "I feel like we are playing well as a team," he says. "Our only loss was to Auburn High in the opening game and they are one of the top 6A teams in the state."
So how does Florence think he is doing as a junior? "I feel like I am playing well, too. I am enjoying season and trying to do whatever I can to help my team win games."