Theodore, Ala.--Committing to Louisiana-Lafayette in June, 5-11, 180-pound cornerback Shawn Shamburger said at the time he was keeping his options open and Tuesday the options got more interesting as he picked up an offer from the Auburn Tigers following a workout with the coaches.
Camping with the Tigers on Saturday, Shamburger got an invitation to return to campus for another workout with Coach Wesley McGriff and when he left the Theodore High standout got the news he was hoping for.
“I was completely overwhelmed when I received the offer because it was just out of nowhere,” Shamburger said. “They called me up for another workout and I just played my game and they offered me.”
As for where things stand now with his commitment, Shamburger said getting an offer from Auburn changes things dramatically for him and now he will have to see the right move for him moving forward.
“It impacts it a lot,” Shamburger said. “It opens up a lot of doors for things. When I committed to Lafayette I stated that my recruiting was still open so I was open to offers anyway. It wasn’t just a sure lock at Lafayette, but this kind of blows the doors off everything.
“They (Auburn) are number one on my list, I can let you know that,” he added. “I’m basically kind of back open with Auburn being number one, but at the same time things can change. I’m weighing my options out.”
Clocking a time of 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, recording a broad jump of 10 feet, two inches and a vertical of 40 inches, Shamburger’s physical attributes make him an intriguing cornerback prospect for coaches to recruit. That was the case on Tuesday as Auburn’s coaches put him through the paces, something Shamburger said was a great experience.
“It was nice,” Shamburger said. “Any time you can get one-on-one with the defensive back coach at a major school it’s kind of overwhelming. The fact that it was Coach Crime (McGriff), he’s been in the league and knows what he’s looking for.
“When I got the offer it immediately hit my mind that maybe I could do something there because he knows what he’s looking for and he knows what the league (NFL) is looking for because he’s been on that side.”
Shamburger plans to be back in Auburn this weekend when the Tigers play host to many of their top prospects for a final get together before the season begins. He said he’s looking forward to being part of the group and getting to know many of the big names in the class this year.
“I’ll be up with my mom and my father,” Shamburger said. “I’m really looking forward to it because they put me in that elite group, the top dogs they want. It feels good being able to go there and I also want to see the other recruits and how they are because you never know, if I go there one of them may be my roommate.”