First Coast Foursome Nab Auburn Offers

Four players from First Coast High in Jacksonville, Fla. were offered by Auburn on Sunday including a pair of defensive ends committed to Cincinnati.

Jacksonville, Fla.—It was a big day for players from First Coast High as four Buccaneers left Auburn with offers following Sunday's Senior Camp on the Plains. Talented bookend defensive ends Spencer Williams and Raashed Kennion, 2015 quarterback DeAndre Johnson, and physical 2015 linebacker Sherrod Pittman all got offers from the Tigers to make it a very eventful camp day for the Florida powerhouse.

Committed to Cincinnati, both Kennion and Williams were impressive in drills on Sunday. At 6-7, 220, Kennion looks more like a basketball player than a defensive end but has serious skills as a pass rusher. Capable of getting to 255 easily while maintaining his cat-like quickness, Kennion says Sunday was a big surprise for him.

"I loved it," Kennion says. "The environment was great and the people were great. Honestly I got a good vibe from everybody. It was an interesting experience.

"The offer was unexpected," he adds. "I recently committed to Cincinnati so I didn't come to exactly get an offer, I came to get better. The offer was just icing on the cake."

Raashed Kennion

Spending some quality time with Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner, Kennion says he learned plenty about playing football for the Tigers and definitely wants to see more from them in the future.

"Coach Garner is real good," Kennion says. "When he first came into the office he gave me a vibe that he really wanted to help me. Despite my lack of size, I'm only 220 right now, he said they would get me there and make me the best player I could be.

"I'm definitely considering Auburn now," he adds. "It's my first SEC offer. I plan on coming back for an unofficial visit and an official visit. This offer means a lot because the SEC in my opinion is the top conference. It's the best."

A fellow Bearcat commitment, Williams is a 6-4, 230 defensive end that moves more like a safety than a down lineman. One of the quickest players regardless of position and smooth, Williams says the camp experience was great and getting an offer from Auburn was big for him after growing up not far from the Plains.

"Auburn is definitely in my top group," he said, noting he is keeping his options open despite a previous commitment to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.

"I grew up watching Auburn play. My family is from Ashland in Clay County so we grew up watching more Auburn-Alabama games than we did Florida-Florida State games."

Spencer Williams

Williams broke into the lineup as a sophomore at Ed White High School in Jacksonville. He played there as a junior before transferring to First Coast for his senior season.

A talented 2015 linebacker, Pittman is 6-1, 215 with the athleticism to drop into coverage and make plays and also fill the hole in the running game. On Sunday he showed the ability to run as he made play after play in the 7-on-7 portion of the camp. That ability was enough for Auburn DC Ellis Johnson to pull the trigger on an offer.

"It was really great," Pittman says. "I showed the coaches what my skills were. I think I moved up on their board. They said they really want me on their team. The coaches said they are going to recruit me hard. It was just outstanding.

"The offer was really great because they are a big school in the SEC," he adds. "I really love the conference. I have offers from Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, and a few more already."

Sherrod Pittman

Another junior with offers from several schools and already committed to Florida State, Johnson was impressive throwing the football and Lashlee didn't wait to pull the trigger on an offer. Although at just 6-0 tall, Johnson is elusive and can make all the throws. While he says nothing has changed with his verbal to FSU, he notes he will consider all his offers and that now includes Auburn.

"The camp was great," Johnson says. "Coach Lashlee was happy that I was up here. Coach Malzahn loved me. He's a great dude and he's cool. He coaches quarterbacks. They are very up-front with you. They tell you what you want to hear and what you're not going to want to hear."

Spending time throwing for Lashlee along with perhaps a dozen future Division 1 quarterbacks, Johnson notes that Auburn is definitely intriguing for several different reasons and he's looking forward to learning more about the program.

"It's another SEC offer," Johnson says. "It's a great school. It's an Alabama school too being Auburn. The whole Roll Tide/War Eagle thing is a great feeling. Knowing that it's a very established place with three Heisman Trophy winners and a Heisman winning quarterback two years ago in Cam Newton, that's a great honor to get that offer."


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