Defensive back Eric Brock from Benjamin Russell High has already visited Arkansas, Louisville and UAB and has also been courted by schools such as Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Oregon and of late, Alabama.
A three-year starter for Coach Carl Martin at both defensive back and wide receiver, Brock has left an indelible impression on his coach. At 6-1, 180 with 4.5 speed in the forty-yard dash, he is capable of playing tight on receivers or running with them down the field. With 14 career interceptions and more than 150 tackles, he's shown his ability to play the ball and Martin tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that Brock is going to make some team happy on signing day.
"He's a very skilled athlete," Martin says of Brock. "His football is in front of him. He's a strong, physical corner. He's a press corner. He can run. He has a great vertical leap. He's going to make somebody a fine football player.
"Eric Brock will play on Sunday when it's all said and done. He can come up and tackle. I saw him stone (Tim) Castille. I saw him play very well against Briarwood Christian. Eric has the ability to cover people deep and has great hands for a defensive back. He goes up and intercepts the ball at his highest point and he's a very excellent tackler on the field."
Continuing the trend they have started since arriving on the Plains, Coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff are focusing not only on great players but the right attitudes to bring to Auburn to join the program. Martin says that Brock, along with teammate Marquies Gunn, who is getting attention from Auburn as well, both fit the bill of what college coaches are looking for in prospective student athletes.
"Pat Sullivan Coaches at UAB and I know he played at Auburn," Martin notes. "He came back and told me after those kids visited up there that he felt like they were the most well-mannered kids he had been around and showed the most class whether they go to UAB or not. He said I'm not telling you this in recruiting, I just wanted you to know how nice these kids were.
"They are going in there with their heads screwed on right and that means a lot to me. We want to send good kids out of our program. We will be judged on how well our kids do and how well our kids act. They may not play a down but at least they are going to be good people. That's important to me."
Brock and Gunn are both scheduled to make their announcement early next week at Benjamin Russell. Teammate Jonathan Russell is also considered a prospect at wide receiver and is considering Louisville, UAB and Alabama is hoping to get a late visit as well.