Speedy Recruit Sees Promising Future For Tigers

This South Florida product says his visit went great and new offensive coordinator Bob Petrino impressed him tremendously.

Ft. Meade, Fla.--Taking a visit to a new place can sometimes be a traumatizing experience, but that wasn't the case for wide receiver Jemalle Cornelius this weekend when he visited the Auburn campus.

As one of the top wide receiver prospects in the South this year, the explosive Cornelius will have his pick of schools to choose from on National Signing Day but it appears one school has jumped ahead in the race to land him February 6.

"It went real good," Cornelius tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of his visit to Auburn. "I really enjoyed it. I like the coaches and I met with the offensive coordinator (Bob Petrino) for a while. He was showing me the new stuff he wants to put in.Iit looks very exciting--things from when he was with Jacksonville. He showed me some of the formations and things. It is going to be exciting at Auburn next year.

"I met with Coach (Greg) Knox," the receiver added. "I like Coach Knox. I enjoyed meeting with him. I had Joe Walkins as my player host. I met him over the summer and he is real good. I just enjoyed the people. I liked it a lot. All the coaches, the academic advisors, everybody, they just seem so nice."

The speedster said people he met at the basketball game and on campus were enthusiastic about their university. "You can tell it's a family, too," Cornelius said. "The players when they came around all of them were together. We went to the dorms and some of the players apartments and you can tell they stick together. I like that."

Rating his visit a 10 out of 10, the 6-0, 170-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash says that he will visit Florida this coming weekend and Georgia the next before making a decision. Thought to be leaning to the Gators at one time, Cornelius now says that the school he chooses will have to show him something better than what he saw this weekend and that could be tough to do.

"It's definitely going to make my decision a lot tougher after going up there because of how good it was," he notes. "Now everywhere else I go is going to have to meet up with what Auburn did because they definitely set the standard. I don't know if they're leading right now , but I guess right now they have really moved up. I don't have a real leader but I can say they are above because I have been there and seen that. That's always an advantage."

Up next for Cornelius is a trip to Gainesville and new head coach Ron Zook. Admitting to being shocked when coach Steve Spurrier resigned last week, Cornelius says he's anxious to see what it's like in the Florida camp now.

"They're probably going to do a home visit tomorrow," he says of the Florida coaches. "I have my visit set up so I'm just going to go over there and give it a look and see how I like it. I need to get a new feel, I know it's going to be hard because it's only a weekend. But, I need to get a feel for the coaches and the staff and see where they are trying to head with the program."

Tiger Ticket Extra: In leading his team to the state championship game and a final record of 13-2, Cornelius was as close as you can come to a one-man show in today's game. Running the show in his team's spread offense, he passed for 2,016 yards and rushed for 565 yards while accounting for 35 total touchdowns. Playing wide receiver as a junior he caught 53 passes for 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns while also intercepting seven passes from his cornerback spot, the same number he had as a senior…Cornelius will choose between Auburn, Florida and Georgia sometime after his visit to Athens January 25.

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