Talented Junior Visits AU's Coaches

An All-State football player known for his physical style of play has an interest in Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Valley, Ala.--Erique Florence, who is expected to be one of the top in-state prospects for the 2011 signing class, stopped by the Auburn campus last Friday to check out the Tigers.

The 6-3, 186 safety from Valley High School says, "I talked to Coach Roof (defensive coordinator Ted Roof), Coach Rocker (defensive line coach Tracy Rocker) and Coach Thigpen (safeties coach Tommy Thigpen). I also met with the equipment people and talked to them about the equipment and how they use it.

"I had a good time on the visit," he says. "It was nice. I like Coach Thigpen. He is very straight up with you. He is like a father figure. He is cool."

A player who already has scholarship offers from Auburn and a variety of SEC programs, he is a standout for Valley on both offense and defense and as a return man.

Erique Florence

In college, he projects as a safety. Florence has excellent closing speed and the ability to read offenses playing like a centerfielder for the Rams' defense. He is also known as a physical player. "I love to make big hits," he says.

Florence is shown at practice.

At Valley High School the safety is known by his nickname "A" and his twin brother is called "L." Both the brothers are college prospects and both made the trip to Auburn.

With his size and quickness, it isn't surprising that "A" is also a standout in basketball. "We are having a good year," he notes. "Our team is 17-3 and we are getting ready for the state playoffs," he says.

Florence is an "A" student in the classroom, another reason he has received so many early scholarship offers.

With offers from as far away as Stanford in the Pac-10, Florence notes that he is keeping an open mind on his college. "I don't have a favorite right now," he says.


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