Florence heading to Auburn

Valley High School safety Erique Florence is headed to Auburn.

Florence announced his decision on ESPNU to kick off national signing day Wednesday morning, choosing the Tigers over Southern California. He is rated the No. 4 safety and 52nd-best player overall by ESPN.

Florence says with Auburn, "It's a family thing." Cornerback Jermaine Whitehead also chose the Tigers.

Meanwhile, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan chose Alabama over Georgia. Rivals.com rates him the nation's No. 4 end and 42nd overall.

The faxed national letters of intent started rolling in early this morning at Auburn and Alabama. Both schools have a shot at being ranked in the Top 5 nationally.