Big-Time Camp Performance
I have seen a lot of talented wide receivers in camp settings over the last 18 years on the job, but very few match up with what Shedrick Jackson did on Saturday. Running both times under 4.4 seconds in the 40 with a broad jump of 10 feet, 11 inches and vertical leap of 40 inches, his physical tools are off the chart.
That was just the start of his day, howeve,r as he ran crisp routes and caught the ball extremely well, which didn’t come as a surprise to me.
I first saw him last summer at a seven-on-seven camp and it didn’t take me long to pinpoint Shedrick as a guy to watch. Even then you could see his potential at the position despite having very little success playing in Hoover’s system where young guys usually have to wait their turn.
The good news for Jackson is that he worked extremely hard preparing for his opportunity and now it’s here. Well-coached at running routes, body lean and control, and understanding how to influence the defensive back with his body, Jackson has gone from solid receiver to a guy who could be a gamebreaker on the next level.
Getting close to a decision, Auburn definitely looks like the team to beat for Jackson and if the Tigers could land him it would be a big step for wide receivers coach Kodi Burns in the 2018 class.
This is the annual time around the country when college football coaches get to take a well-deserved deep breath and prepare for the season ahead. It’s more important this year than perhaps ever before with the early signing period coming up in December.
That means players will begin taking official visits in July and throughout the season, making an already busy job even busier. Already dealing with in-season preparation for games and possibly a championship game in December following the year, coaches will now have to entertain numerous official visits on some of the biggest game weekends of the year.
In the past those have normally been reserved for players outside of the region or junior college mid-year signees, but not any longer. The new rules have changed the game and with the coaches still unsure of how much it will impact things, taking full advantage of the break will be of the utmost importance.
No Break For The Players
The first big camp week is done for the Auburn Tigers with another coming in July. Last week it struck me just how much work the football players put in on a daily basis. While the average fan may understand it takes hard work to compete on this level, for much of these guys they go above and beyond on a daily basis.
I saw that in action first-hand on Saturday. That’s a day off technically for the guys after working out throughout the week, but many of the players were running in the sand pits before coming out to work the camp as counselors along with the coaches.
Others were heading to a yoga class to work on flexibility heading into the season.
Among the many players helping out at the camp were Sean White, Malik Willis, Kerryon Johnson, Chandler Cox, C.J. Tolbert, Kyle Davis, John Franklin, Jalen Harris, Clark Smith, Dontavius Russell, Marlon Davidson, Derrick Brown, Jeff Holland, Darrell Williams, Carlton Davis, Jeremiah Dinson, Stephen Roberts and Jayvaughn Myers.