November 30, 2010

Florence talks Iron Bowl

With many of the state of Alabama's elite prospects already committed, Valley safety Erique Florence stands out as one of the top remaining uncommitted stars in the state, with both Alabama and Auburn still in contention for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound defender's services. Florence is rated the nation's No. 3 safety prospect by Rivals.com and last Friday he was in Tuscaloosa to witness one of the most exciting Iron Bowls in recent memory.

"It was a great game and great environment," Florence said. "Both teams played hard and the intensity was fun to watch.  The Alabama crowd was louder than I have ever heard it.  I know there is a lot of bad blood between both schools, but it was just a hard-hitting SEC rivalry to me."

"Alabama just came up short.  Their offense had some breakdowns in the second half.  Auburn's pass rush kept them from getting the ball to Julio. Alabama did a better job of pass protecting in the first half, but Auburn just brought more pressure in the second. It could have gone either way. It was a great game between two great teams."

While the Tigers prevailed on the field, Florence said the outcome of one game won't affect his final decision.

"The outcome didn't make a difference to me.  I just wanted to see a great game.  It will be completely different teams when I go to whichever school I decide on."

With Valley's season finished, Florence has shifted his focus back to recruiting and schoolwork and plans to be ready to make his final decision before the end of the year.

"Right now I am just playing basketball and working on scheduling my official visits.  I should know more in a few weeks of where I may go.  I just need to talk with my family and decide from there.  Alabama and Auburn still stick out, but I want to see other schools too."

Florence is also considering official visits to Clemson, Florida and several PAC-10 schools.

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