Top Safety Has Tigers On Top Following Visit

Safety Erique Florence talks about his trip to Auburn for A-Day and where the Tigers stand.

Valley, Ala.--One of the top safety prospects in the South, speedy safety Erique Florence made another trip to Auburn on Saturday for the A-Day game and following the trip he said the Tigers are in an even stronger position for him.

"It was nice with everybody loving on me," Florence said. "It felt like a family. It felt like home. It was nice to see what they had to offer this time around. I got to meet some people for the first time and they got to meet me for the first time. I saw a lot of the other recruits and got to know them. That was a big deal. It was a nice day. I'm glad I came."

In addition to commitments such as Spencer Region, Thomas O'Reilly and Anthony Swain being in town and hanging out with their fellow 2011 prospects, several signees from last year were also in town and took the time to talk to and answer questions that players had. Michael Dyer, Jake Holland, Dakota Mosley, Jeffrey Whitaker, LaDarius Owens and Shaun Kitchens were just some of the players in on Saturday and Florence said having the opportunity to talk with some of them made his trip complete.

"It's awesome," Florence said. "It just goes to show you that it's not all about what the coaches tell you. The players come back and tell you the same thing and the players that sign tell you why they sign and you're feeling the same reasons. It kind of gets you in the right mood."

Just one of a crowd of over 60,000 in attendance for Saturday's game, Florence said seeing that many people at a spring game only gives him a better feel for what the Auburn family is all about.

"It means a lot to me and shows me about Auburn football," Florence said. "It shows me that if I was to play for Auburn I would have a lot of people care for me not only on the field, but off the field. Football is a good tradition at Auburn and it's something to look forward to."

One of the things Auburn has going for it for the talented safety is the relationship he's built with coach Tommy Thigpen. Getting to know him over the course of the last few months, Florence said that what he's developed with Auburn's safety coach is special to him.

"Every time I go back (to Auburn) it feels the same, but there's a lot more love," he said. "It's like it just gets stronger and stronger. They are trying to reel me in.

"I look at him (Thigpen) like a father figure," he added. "I've never really had a father in my life. Me getting close to him and him being a coach, it kind of helps me relate to football and real life situations. I can talk to him about anything. When I feel like I can talk about anything then it's kind of a big deal when you're my coach."

With nothing but positives to say about Auburn following his latest trip, Florence said he's still holding steady with his two leaders and isn't sure when he'll make his final decision.

"Right now it's Auburn one and Bama two," Florence said. "I'm just living it day by day."


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