2-Sport Athlete Says His Other Sport Will Help Him As An Auburn Football Player

John Samuel Shenker expected to play multiple positions for the Auburn football team.

Moultrie, Ga.--Auburn signee John Samuel Shenker says the skills he learned as an outstanding baseball player have helped him develop as a football prospect.

Shenker, who signed with the Tigers on Wednesday, is a 6-3, 238-pound senior at Colquitt County High School. He is expected to play H-back, tight end and fullback for the Tigers.

“Playing baseball has taught me how to have quick feet,” he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. “It taught me how to move my hips because you have to do that very well when you are playing third base. That really helped me with having quick reflexes to catch football passes.”

The hand-eye coordination necessary to be a college prospect in baseball carries over to gridiron, says Shenker, who notes that his best attribute as a football player is his ability to catch passes.

“In high school I did back shoulder throws and fade routes,”?he points out. “I think that is the best thing I do as a football player.”

Auburn tight ends coach Scott Fountain said, "I definitely think his strengths are catching the ball and running routes. He reminds me some of Philip Lutzenkirchen how he caught the ball in high school."

When Shenker committed to the Tigers to play football after an official visit last weekend, it was the second time he chose the Tigers. The previous was as a baseball player to the former coaching staff in that sport at Auburn. However, he decided he wanted to play football and concentrated on that sport as a senior. He caught 30 passes for 451 yards and two touchdowns during the 2016 season.

Prior to his senior year he was a two-sport standout at Deerfield-Windsor Academy in Albany, Ga. He notes that it wasn’t an easy decision to leave.

“I love my old school, but I wanted to grow as a football player and I knew that Colquitt County was the place for me to do that,” he says. “It helped me tremendously and getting the scholarship offers was the icing on the cake.”

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