Erique Florence picks Auburn

Originally Published: February 2, 2011
By ESPN Recruiting

Erique Florence just couldn't leave home. Florence, who's No. 52 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 4 safety in the country, chose the home-state Auburn Tigers over USC on Wednesday.

Florence, from Valley (Ala.) High School, made his announcement at his school. After he said he would play for the Tigers, he took off a jacket to reveal a blue shirt with an Auburn tie.

"It's where my heart has been. It was hard for me to make a decision," he said on ESPNU. "I love Auburn. I love the coaching staff. I love coach Gene Chizik, and big things are happening at Auburn."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Florence is a big hitter and one of the more physical safeties in the country.