Saddleback wideout already drawing attention

Saddleback WR Eric Lauderdale (6-2, 195) is a JUCO wideout to keep an eye on this spring and summer. After a solid freshman season this past fall, he's already got several schools eyeing his talents and he recently spoke to about how things are progressing on the recruiting front...

Lauderdale prepped at Fayette County (Ga.) High School and he even attended a prep school, but he was unable to get qualified for a scholarship to a four-year school so he decided to head west to get a fresh start and to build some interest.

"I went to Hargrave Military Academy after I graduated high school because I couldn't get qualified and after a year there, I needed to leave and start at a new place," Lauderdale told recently. "My cousin said Saddleback was a great program and that I should check them out and when I did, he was right, it just fit me perfectly. Now I stay with him out here and I go to school and it's been a great situation for me."

As a freshman in 2012, Lauderdale hauled in 60 receptions for 916 yards and seven touchdowns, combining with QB Tim Belman to form on of the top JUCO tandems in the country.

"I feel like I'm a strong route-runner and I can beat anyone down the field. I always try to be a leader too and a team player, but when I need to step up and say something, then I do that," Lauderdale noted. "As far as improving this offseason, I've been working a lot on my footwork and trying to become better at jump balls. I need to get my body in better position to make plays when the ball is in the air and I think that was my weakness last year."

On the recruiting front, Lauderdale has yet to haul in his first offer, but he's had plenty of schools showing him interest.

"I've talked to Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Texas Tech, Kansas and Illinois so far and I know a lot more schools are going to come through this spring," Lauderdale said. "I'm excited by the opportunity to show them what I can do, so I'm hoping a good spring will show them enough to offer me, but if not, I'll just keep working hard and go from there."

Lauderdale is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following he 2013 football season.

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