JOHN SAMUEL SHENKER (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

H-back/Tight End John Samuel Shenker Plans to Play Football at Auburn

Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers added another football commitment for their 2017 signee class.

Moultrie, Ga.-- John Samuel Shenker committed to play football for Auburn on Sunday, the second time he has chosen the Tigers.

Previously, he had committed to play baseball for the former AU coaching staff in that sport. Following a visit to the AU campus prior to Wednesday's national signing day he chose Auburn over Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

"We had a great weekend," he said. "We got to Auburn on Friday, took the tour of campus and everything and fell in love with it and then this morning I told  (Coach Gus) Malzahn I wanted to be an Auburn Tiger. It was a great experience. He was pumped. "

Shenker said he believes his versatility led to the Auburn offer along with the fact that his high school head coach, Rush Propst, has worked with Auburn’s new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey.

“It was rushed, but great,” he said of the football recruiting process with the Tigers. “It was definitely a little crazy, but Auburn is the place to be.”

Asked what he sees his best attribute is as a football prospect, the Auburn commitment said, “I think my catching is my strength. I have the ability to do acrobatic things while catching the football.”

On his official visit to Auburn to meet with Malzahn and the rest of the AU coaching staff, including new offensive coordinator, the 6-3, 238 fullback/H-back and tight end decided to end his recruiting and play for the Tigers.

He recently picked up an offer from the Tigers after Lindsey came on board to coordinate the offense. As a senior at Colquitt County High school the prospect caught 30 passes for 451 yards and two touchdowns.

"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."

John Samuel Shenker

John Samuel Shenker is expected to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday.

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."

Shenker said he was leaning to Auburn before his official visit.  “I have  always loved it. When I changed my love to football it didn’t change how I felt about the campus and school. Friday before I came there I thought Auburn was the place for me. It has been a while since I have thought about Auburn so it was kind of a fast process, but I knew it was the place to be.”


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