Moultrie, Ga.--A talented tight end prospect that who was once committed to play baseball at Auburn while at Deerfield-Windsor Academy in Albany, Ga., 6-3 1/2, 240 John Samuel Shenker decided he wanted to focus on a football career. That saw him back off his decision and transfer to football powerhouse Colquitt County for his senior season.
Catching 30 passes for 451 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 13 games for the Packers, Shenker may still have the chance to play for the Tigers before all is said and done after getting a football scholarship offer on Monday from the Tigers and new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
Planning to visit Auburn this weekend following a trip to Wake Forest, Shenker said the interest from Auburn really picked up when Lindsey was hired and that quickly turned into an offer.
"I have been talking to them these past few days a lot with the new OC coming in and all," Shenker tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They said they wanted to meet me for lunch so I was like 'wow, this is pretty serious.' I didn't think it (the offer) was coming (Monday), but I thought I might get one soon.
"It really hasn't sunk in yet honestly," he added. "They're definitely a strong contender as a place to go, no doubt."
Shenker is shown in action at one of Auburn's summer camps last July.
Camping with Auburn football over the summer as he prepared to play for Colquitt County High School and Coach Rush Propst, for whom Lindsey was an offensive coordinator at Hoover, Shenker said getting an offer from the Tigers is definitely one of those defining moments for him.
"It was huge," he said. "It's a school I went to when I was young. I went to all of the football games. We had season tickets so it's kind of cool to see how things have come around."
A talented athlete who has the size and athleticism to play several different roles on offense, Shenker said that is exactly what Auburn likes about him.
"They said I could play all three roles (H-Back/Fullback/Tight End)," Shenker said. "Coach Lindsey wants to run 11 personnel (one back, one tight end, three wide receivers) without having to rotate. I'll be able to stay on the field and do all three things."
Also a talented baseball player who has been talked about as a possible draft prospect, Shenker said at the moment he is focused fully on playing football and hasn't even thought about possibly playing the sport in college if the opportunity presents itself.
"I don't plan on playing baseball," he said. "I'll probably just focus on football because that would be a lot, playing both sports. I think football will probably be the main thing. I could get drafted, but I don't think I'll consider going. I'm going to stick with going to college and get my degree."
Even if he doesn't plan on playing the sport should he choose Auburn, Shenker could have a very close friend playing at Plainsman Park at the same time he's on campus. One of the top prospects in Georgia, Steven Williams has signed to play for Coach Butch Thompson and Shenker said that's big for him.
"That would be really cool," Shenker said. "We always talked about that even when I was committed there to play baseball. He's a great player so that would be really cool, and his sister is there, too."
Visiting Western Kentucky last weekend and Wake Forest on Thursday before heading to Auburn on Friday afternoon, Shenker said he hopes to have his decision made pretty soon after his trip to the Plains.
John Samuel Shenker is expected to return to Auburn this weekend.