Two Leaders For Two-Way Alabama Standout

Speedy Ali Sharrief talks about his busy summer and which colleges he likes heading into his senior football season.

Stevenson, Ala.--There are few prospects coming out as seniors this season who have received as much attention over the years as North Jackson High's Ali Sharrief.

A 5-10, 200-pound running back/linebacker with sub 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and an aggressive attitude on the field, Sharrief has been starring for the Chiefs since the 9th grade and says that the summer before his senior season has been a busy one, but one that is using to the fullest.

"It has gone well," Sharrief told Inside The Auburn Tigers after visiting Auburn's Junior/Senior Camp that wrapped up on Sunday. "Auburn is the second camp that I've been to. I have one more and then I'll probably be through. I went to LSU last week and I'm supposed to be going to Georgia on July 9th and 10th. I just use them as a chance to get better. That's all."

A standout on offense and defense, Sharrief has been particularly impressive at running back for North Jackson in his career. As a junior he had more than 700 yards despite missing three full games because of an injury. That brought his career total to 380 carries for 2,646 yards and 47 touchdowns.

Ali Sharrief has the potential to play either defense or offense in college.

Those numbers have schools from all over wanting him and he says he has plenty of offers to sort through at the moment. Unlike most players at this time of the year, Sharrief says that two schools in particular are in front with one school ahead at the moment.

"I have offers from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss and a couple of others," Sharrief says. "Auburn and LSU are my favorites right now and I'm really on Auburn right now. I just like the environment. When I was at LSU I liked it, but when I come here I feel more peaceful. I really like that feeling."

While it's not a pipeline for Auburn players such as Dillard High in Ft. Lauderdale, North Jackson has been good to Coach Tommy Tuberville in recent seasons. Coach Phillip Lolley was the first Chief to make Auburn home and since that time safety Blake Shrader has joined the program. Sharrief says having some familiar faces at Auburn is one of the reasons the Tigers are the team to beat at the moment to land the speedster.

"Me and Blake have known each other since before kindergarten," Sharrief says. "We were real tight going through school. He's cool and he's like my best friend. Coach Lolley is just a great coach. I always wanted to play for him. Blake's dad, we have a real good relationship. He's like a second dad to me."


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