Focus 2005

<b>Eric Sledge</b> is considered one of the state's top safety prospects. Sledge, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Apopka, participated in the NIKE Camp in Miami over the weekend. Click here to read all the details. Plus, FSU fans will be happy to hear Sledge is the cousin of Seminole signee <b>Aaron Jones.</b>

Eric Sledge will be one of the state's top safety prospects this season.

"I can use my size to match up against bigger receivers and I know I'm fast enough to cover the speedy receivers," Sledge said.

"I've been playing football since I could walk so I have the experience too."

Sledge, who is a solid 3.0 student in the classroom, is a three-sport standout. In addition to football, he runs track and plays basketball. As a junior on the football field last season, Sledge had 75 tackles and one interception.

"I made a lot of tackles," he said. "I only had one pick because we play a cover 3 most of the time and my role wasn't to pick off a lot of balls." The talented safety, who will also be playing receiver this season, worked out at the NIKE Camp in Miami.

"I was with the receivers," he said.

"We don't throw the ball a lot but I'll be playing both ways this year so I wanted to see how that was. Nobody was able to stick me. I really liked the QB from Mainland (Jonathan Garner). He was incredible. We were dominatin' together out there." Sledge, who is also cousins with FSU signee Aaron Jones, is already getting plenty of recruiting attention.

"I wanna stay down here in the sun," he said. "I like all three Florida schools. West Virginia is real close to offering me so I'll look at them as well. When I was in ninth and tenth grade, I really liked Miami. Now I like Florida State more. I'd love to catch balls from Xavier Lee in the next few years." ,P> Sledge plans to attend the MSL/TheInsiders.com Camp at the Univ. of Florida in 3 weeks.


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