Florence Impressed By Auburn Visitors

Valley safety Erique Florence talks about the visit from Auburn's coaches and names his top two.

Valley, Ala.--While a new NCAA ruling came down last week making it against the rules for more than two coaches to visit a school during the spring evaluation period, it was too late to keep Auburn from hitting the road en masse to start the spring evaluation period. One of the places they visited was Valley High, the home of standout safety prospect Erique Florence.

Already very familiar with Auburn and the coaching staff after making several unofficial visits to the Plains last season and throughout the spring, Florence tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that having the assistant coaches come by was a big thing for him.

"It meant a lot to me to know that six coaches came in," Florence says. "It not only shows that they want you but it shows they want you a lot. To have six coaches there, most teams only send one coach, but six is outstanding.

"It was crazy the attention they brought with them," he adds. "Some people followed the Hummer from town to the school to see who they were coming to see. Students were in the halls trying to get autographs and teachers were taking pictures. It was wild and awesome."

Auburn has made inroads with some of the top prospects in Alabama this year with talented offensive linemen Spencer Region and Reese Dismukes committing as well as safety Anthony Swain. All are players that Florence has gotten to know during the recruiting process and he says while it doesn't necessarily want to make him commit to Auburn at the moment, it sure doesn't hurt his feelings for the Tigers.

"It means a lot to me to see them committing because it's showing that Auburn is good to me and it's just the way they are because other guys see it too," Florence says. "Some teams act a certain way with you and then it's different with other players. Things can change. To know that everybody is feeling the same way is a pretty big thing.

"I don't think it would convince me to make a decision though," he adds. "At least not right now it wouldn't."

Auburn has been a consistent player for Florence since early in the process and Alabama has moved up on his list in recent months. He says at the moment those are the two schools he's focusing on as he winds down his junior year at Valley.

"I would say right now it's pretty much even with Auburn and Alabama," Florence says. "It could change any day. I'm just taking my time with things."

The centerpiece of what should be one of the top teams in 5A next season, Florence says that right now the Rams are just beginning spring practice but he can already tell good things are in store for 2010.

"On Tuesdays and Thursdays all the skill players go out in shorts and shirts," Florence says. "On Friday and Saturday we get in full pads. I feel like our defense is going to be pretty rough this year.

"Every day, even if we just get up and go practice on our own, I'm telling the guys it's our last time to do this and we've got to make the best of it. Every time I step on the field I'm going 110 percent no matter if it's practice or just stretching."

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