Florence Plans USC Visit

Erique Florence, four-star safety from Valley, Ala., is one of the top uncommitted prospects competing this week in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Florence talked about the week in the Port City and official visits on the horizon.

"It's fun being out here," said Erique Florence. "I know a lot of the guys out here. I have been looking forward to getting on the field with them. It's good to know you are on the same team with a lot of top players.

"I am looking forward to seeing what our receivers do in the game. They are all great. I am also ready to see how our secondary does. We have a strong group of guys. A couple are committed to Auburn, and one is committed to Kentucky. We have SEC guys on our team. We don't feel like anybody can compete."

Florence will play in the All-Star Classic and compete in the Under Armour All-America game in January.

"It's just a blessing for me," he said. "It's all God. None of me."

The National 100 recruit has scheduled official visits to Alabama (1/21), Auburn (12/17) and Southern California (1/15).

Alabama: "Coach Saban is very hands-on. He is one of the greatest defensive back coaches in the country. He will prepare you for the league. When you get ready to go to the NFL combines he will have you ready."

Auburn: "I feel like they are rebuilding. I can go in and get a starting job or play for a big role on the team. It's a great opportunity for me, and I really like the coaching staff."

USC: "USC has been recruiting me real hard for the past two or three months. I have been talking to them almost daily. You never know getting away from home might be better for me. I am still weighing my options. I definitely want to see what California is all about."

Florence has become close friends with Alabama commitment Marvin Shinn. The two have discussed sticking together on the next level.

"I played against Marvin in the first round of the playoffs," Florence said. "We had a real competitive game. I play quarterback, but I played cornerback to match up against him. We became close. We talked to each other a lot. We have been keeping up and talking about us playing together. We think it would be real cool for all the top players in the state to attend the same college. We'll see if that happens or not."

Auburn and USC are the two schools recruiting Florence the hardest at this point. He plans to make a decision after the official visits.

"I am pretty much looking at education," Florence said as the determining factor. "I want to go somewhere strong in academics. I don't want it to be all about football. If I can go to school and graduate in three years then the sky is the limit for me."

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