Jensen Beach, Fla.--Class of 2018 safety prospect Jamien Sherwood enjoyed his visit to Auburn's spring game and his return trip for Big Cat Weekend increased his interest in the Auburn football program.
“It was a great visit,” Sherwood said. “It was better than A-Day. I had fun with all of the kids who attended and I wish they would have another day like this one.”
A 6-2 1/2, 198 rising senior at Jensen Beach High, Sherwood said he hit it off with Coach Gus Malzahn, secondary coach Greg Brown and Kevin Steele, Auburn’s defensive coordinator. He noted that Auburn has moved up his list of favorites noting the Tigers are “tied at the top” with Florida, Ole Miss, Oregon and USC.
“I am going to take a few more visits and soon after that I will be ready to make a decision,” he said, noting it could come in August.
The three-star recruit, who is ranked as Scout’s No. 55 safety prospect nationally, said the education and facilities at Auburn are impressive, but notes all of the colleges he is looking at have that. He said that he people at Auburn stand out to him, starting with the head coach he and his mother met with on Saturday morning before the start to AU’s annual Big Cat event.
“Really, we don’t talk about football as much,” Sherwood said. “He talked to me about if I was to come to Auburn that their program will take care of me and all of the kids they have here so she wouldn’t have to worry. We are in good hands and this is a great place.”
The prospect said that he got the same message from Steele. “He talked to my mom about he would take of me and she wouldn’t have to worry--he would coach me hard and make me the best I can be.”
With Auburn having three senior safeties who are expected to get most of the playing time this year, replacing those guys for 2018 is a major priority for the Tigers, something that Sherwood is well aware of as he considers Auburn.
He is also focused on who would be coaching him. In Auburn’s case that is a new member of the staff, but a veteran of the collegiate and pro ranks.
“Coach Brown is a great dude, a funny guy, who recruits me hard,” Sherwood said. “We talk every other day and I can see myself playing for him, too. He has a lot of Thorpe award winners, a lot of coaching under his belt. He is a great man to be around.”