Tall Receiver Plans to Check Out Tigers

A prospect from Florida who plans to visit this weekend discusses his interest in the Tigers.

Jacksonville, Fla.--A prospect who didn't play football until his senior year at First Coast High School is expected to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Jason Sherman, a 6-4, 195 pounder, says that he will be in Auburn for his third official visit after taking previous trips to the University of Illinois and the University of Cincinnati.

Starting for a third year as a power forward in basketball, he didn't put the pads on until his senior year.

"I wanted to play last year as a junior, but my mother wouldn't let me," Sherman says.

That changed for the 2005 season and the speedy wide receiver, who says he runs a 4.4 40, notes that he is glad he did. "I had a lot of fun playing," he says. "It was real exciting."

By giving the new sport a try, he is expected to get his way paid to college as a scholarship receiver. He got his first offer from a major program before he had even played a high school game although he doesn't have an offer yet from the Tigers.

"I got my first scholarship offer during spring training from Illinois," Sherman says. He took an official visit to check out the Illini in October when Illinois played Penn State. He has also taken an official visit to the University of Cincinnati, another college that has offered. He says he also has offers from Central Florida, South Florida, Florida International and Florida Atlantic.

"Right now my favorites are Cincinnati and Auburn," says Sherman, who says that he had approximately 400 yards receiving and three touchdown catches. "I started all of the games and played all of the receiver positions--inside, outside, wherever they needed me."

In basketball he is a three-year varsity starter, a small forward who averages 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game.

"Coach Knox (wide receivers coach Greg Knox) and Coach Borges (offensive coordinator) are recruiting me for Auburn," he says. Sherman notes that he is definitely interested in attending AU and playing college ball with his friend, Alex Rose, a receiver who has verbally committed to Auburn and will visit this weekend, too. Sherman says it was Rose who helped convince him to play football his senior year.

Sherman says he is in good shape with his grades and has a 20 on his ACT. "I will be a qualifier," he says.

The receiver notes that he hasn't finalized additional official visits. "This will probably be my last one because of my basketball schedule," he says.

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