Hollywood, Fla.--Already committed to Auburn and one of the fastest players in the 2018 class, 5-5, 175 Shaun Shivers was back on campus on Saturday for a junior day visit and left firmly committed to the Tigers.
Spending time with Gus Malzahn, Tim Horton and new OC Chip Lindsey, Shivers said everything about the visit went great.
“It’s like home,” Shivers said. “I keep coming up any chance I can get and I’m going to just keep coming up. I just love it up there.”
Despite his size Shivers showed as a junior why he’s a player worth of playing in the SEC. Using his 10.49 speed in the 100 meters and not afraid to be physical, he said for him it’s just a matter of mindset.
“I love being the underdog,” Shivers said. “They go by my height and say ‘he’s small, he can’t do this’. But when we got on that field it’s a man’s game. You better get ready. I love being small because people think they can take advantage of you, but when you get that ball running full speed at them they get scared.”
Saying that NFL standout Darren Sproles is one of the guys he patterns his game after, Shivers said that’s the plan Auburn has for him in the offense. With speed, the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, and able to run between the tackles, he said being able to play a number of different spots is something that excites the Auburn coaches about him.
“He can play in space, play in the slot, you can put him anywhere and he can play it,” Shivers said. “Just like I can.”
Part of the visit for Shivers was spent getting to know Lindsey. The man in charge of running the Auburn offense heading into the 2017 season, he said that the new offensive coordinator is someone he looks forward to getting to know better in the future.
“He’s a really cool guy,” Shivers said of Lindsey. “He’s really laid-back. He’s just a cool guy. He’s a people person, he’ll explain everything to you. There’s going to be big things coming.
“He said he really likes my game and he can’t wait to get me on the Plains.”
Focused on Auburn and getting to the Plains ready to go, Shivers said Horton and the rest of the staff have made him feel at home from the beginning and that has him pumped about his future.
“Since day one when Auburn first offered me we’ve been real tight,” Shivers said. “Ever since then we’ve been real close. It’s like we’re a family already.”