Florida Football Prospect Hopes To Be A Tiger

Auburn's large football signee class is growing even larger.

Miami, Fla.--Auburn has added another 2002 football signee with All-State linebacker Mike Sherill from Miami Central High signing scholarship papers to play for the Tigers.

The 6-1, 230-pounder was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp and says the Tigers and the hometown Miami Hurricanes have been his favorites. He says Auburn offered a scholarship and Miami did not.

Mike Sherill

Sherill was a 2 1/2 year starter and plays both inside and outside linebacker. He broke into the starting lineup late in his freshman season and started again as a sophomore. However, he was academicaly ineligible during the first part of his junior season and says he missed so much of the 2000 season he waited for his senior season to return to football.

He became eligible again as a senior and had an All-State season. Currently, he is not qualified academically and he is a prospect who could be placed in either prep school or junior college. Sherill says he is working on both his SAT score and core grade point average.

"As a 10th grader I played inside linebacker because we played a 4-4," Sherill says. "This year, I played outside because we played a 4-3.

"I consider myself a physical football player who can play inside linebacker or outside linebacker. I run a 4.5 40 and I am not afraid of contact."

Miami Central coach Anthony Saunders says that Sherill is one of the top high school seniors in the state of Florida. "He runs real well and he will hit you. He did a great job for us. He had 100-plus tackles as a senior and made a lot of big plays for us as an outside linebacker. That is his best position because of his speed."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Sherill is also playing basketball at Miami Central and says he is averaging points and eight rebounds per game...Sherill played in the Dade-Broward All-Star Game last month...Sherill also saw spot duty at fullback in a Power-I. He scored two touchdowns on offense, three on interceptions and one on a fumble recovery.

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