Among the top defensive prospects at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile, Ala. this week is Valley (Ala.) safety Erique Florence. The Rivals100 defensive back talked about his recruiting after the Tuesday morning session of practice.
"It is pretty much the same ol', same ol'," Florence said. "I am pretty much open to anyone right now. I think the SEC is where I want to be. SEC schools are hitting me hard right now."
At this point, Florence has yet to hit the road but said that he has scheduled three official visits. He will travel to Auburn on Dec. 17th, Southern Cal on Jan. 14th , and Alabama on Jan. 21st. He talked a bit about each of those three schools.
"Alabama is the school for defensive backs," Florence said. "You have Nick Saban coaching personally. He is one of the greatest defensive back coaches you could have. Having him coach you in college and then moving on to the pros, it would be a good advantage for you."
"Auburn, that is a good school there," Florence said. "They are in a transition year where they are going from good to great. I feel like they are rebuilding the right way."
"USC has been coming hard for the last couple of months," Florence said. "I feel like they are in a rebuilding year now with the violations and such. Their recruiting is going good and they are getting a lot of great guys for the next couple of years and when they are finally able to play in a bowl again, I think they will be pretty good."
As for his remaining two official visits, those remain up in the air according to Florence.
"I don't even know at this time," Florence said. "It could be anybody. LSU, Arkansas, pretty much the SEC, and you can throw Clemson in the mix too."
With less than two months to Signing Day, Florence intends to utilize every second between now and then to reach his final decision.
"I am thinking Signing Day," Florence said of when he will announce.
Florence will also participate in the Under Armour All-America Football Game to be held in Orlando, Fla. in early January.