When September rolled in, college coaches scrambled to email, fax and hand-deliver written scholarships to the staffs of the nation’s best 2011 high school talents.
Cornerback Enrique Florence, a junior from Valley, Ala., got plenty of mail those first couple of weeks.
Next season, he will rank as not just one of the best cornerbacks in the class, but one of the top prospects in Southeast.
“Offers are already in from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Arkansas, Stanford and UAB,” Florence said. “Other schools are sending tons and tons of mail too, like Oregon and Notre Dame.”
So far this season, the junior prospect has taken in three in-state games: Kentucky vs. Auburn, Ole Miss vs. Auburn and LSU vs. Alabama.
“They were all good trips, and they gave me the chance to not just see what Auburn and Alabama were all about, but what the other programs could do,” he said.
While Florence said that he has taken in a handful of Auburn games over the years, a camp visit to Alabama over the summer left the junior torn between which in-state program had the edge.
So, how could LSU squeeze into a race with two apparent frontrunners?
“The first thing I need to do is get to know the defensive backs coach and see what he has planned for me,” Florence said. “I am a corner now, but most coaches want me at strong safety. I don’t know what LSU wants, though.
“I see their program as one that is known for defense, and that is what really has always had my attention with LSU. They always have dominant defenses that put players into the NFL. That is something any high school athlete wants to be a part of.”