In-State Prospect Hearing From AU, Others

This high school football senior from the state of Alabama is attracting attention from Auburn and other SEC schools.

Birmingham, Ala.--Ryan Shoemaker, a three-year starter for Oak Mountain High School, is drawing recruiting attention from Auburn and other colleges as both a punter and kicker.

The 6-0, 192-pounder, who took an unofficial visit to Auburn to check out the Tigers during their victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide, says he is hearing from the Tigers, Tide, Vanderbilt, Georgia and UAB.

He helped Oak Mountain to the best year in school history with a 10-4 record as the Eagles advanced to the semi-finals of the Class 6A state playoffs before losing to the Hoover team, which defended its state title with a victory over Daphne last Saturday.

Shoemaker says he enjoyed his visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl game. "It was a really great experience," he says, noting that he liked the intensity of the of Auburn's performance.

Over the summer he spent nearly a week on the AU campus at a football kicking camp. He says that experience helped boost his interest in AU. "I fell in love with the whole atmosphere there with the campus and the town," he says. "The whole town really gets into football."

As a senior, he made 12-18 field goals with the longest a 48-yarder. He hit 38-39 extra points. His coach, Jerry Hood, estimates that 75 percent to 80 percent of Shoemaker's kickoffs were touchbacks.

"He did a really good job for us as both a kicker and a punter," Hood says. "He averaged 39.5 yards per punt, but could really boom the punts when he caught them and that would help us a great deal with field position." As a junior, Shoemaker's punting average was 42.5. recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy watched Shoemaker earlier this season and notes that the senior stood out. "He showed a very strong leg punting the ball," Kennedy says.

Shoemaker notes that he has been talking with coaches from Alabama, UAB, Vanderbilt and Georgia about taking official visits to their campuses, but notes that he hasn't received a scholarship offer yet. He says that he has interest in all five colleges and has recently talked to coaches from Auburn and Alabama about visiting their campuses.

"From Auburn Coach Price (defensive ends coach Terry Price) and Coach Gran (running backs and special teams coach Eddie Gran) have been talking to me," Shoemaker says. "They have talked to me about coming to campus for one of the bowl practices and I am going to try to do that."

Shoemaker says his top game as a senior was probably in Oak Mountain's victory over rival Spain Park. He kicked two field goals that night in what he says was a key victory for his team's season.

A student who is taking advanced level classes in high school, he says he is interested in majoring in pre-med in college and is also interested in physical therapy.

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