Will DB follow fathers footsteps

a father who played for the Auburn Tigers,
Eric Brock
has come to expect the question when he talks about his recruitment.
"Everybody always asks me about my dad and Auburn," he
said. "They kind of assume that I'm going there for sure, but I like other
schools, too. I'm serious about being open right now. The only thing I can say
for sure is I'm leaning toward the SEC. It's just hard to decide which one."
A 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from Alexander City's
Benjamin Russell High School, Brock has emerged as one of Alabama's top
defensive backs and among the best in the South. As a junior, he recorded 72
tackles and eight interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.
He carried that momentum into the offseason, turning in
an impressive performance at the Nike Camp in Tuscaloosa with a 4.5 forty and a
34-inch vertical leap to go along with his 240 bench.
His talents have drawn attention from Auburn, Alabama,
Florida, Georgia -- and most recently -- South Carolina.
"South Carolina is coming in pretty hard after me," he
said. "They're in the mix a little bit now. I may have to do down there and
check out a game, see the campus. I know they've got a good program now with
coach (Lou) Holtz."
Brock's father, Jimmy, played for Auburn in the early
1970s. Somehow, however, he managed to grow up a fan of arch-rival Alabama.
"That was pretty interesting on Alabama-Auburn game
day," Brock said with a laugh. "Me and dad would go at it hard. I'd have on all
my Alabama stuff and he'd have on all his Auburn stuff. There was a whole lot of
trash talk every time they played, but it was fun.
"My dad has always been good about things. Both he and
my mom have stayed open and let me make my own decisions. They say you've got to
make your own decision and do what's best for you."
Brock says he's in no hurry to make that decision. He'll
try to narrow down his choices after camping at Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and
possibly Florida this summer.
"Wherever I go, it will come down to the coaches and how
I fit in," he said. "It'll come down to where I feel most comfortable."