Athletic Defensive Lineman Looking At Tigers

This talented defensive end talks recruiting and his official visit list.

Hollywood, Fla.--While the season didn't turn out quite the way he hoped it would, talented defensive end Jabaal Sheard did nothing to disappoint the dozens of schools hoping to get his signature in early February. One of South Florida's top prospects, the 6-4, 245 Sheard is considering a number of different programs at the moment and says none have an advantage.

"I'm looking at Auburn, Rutgers, South Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida International, Arizona State and Pittsburgh," Sheard tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have offers from all those schools."

Sheard will take his show on the road this weekend with a trip to Pitt. He will then travel to Rutgers the weekend of Dec. 8 for his second official visit. Sheard plans to visit Auburn on Jan. 12 and the following weekend be in Columbia, S.C. to visit Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks. He says that while he doesn't know a great deal about Auburn he's anxious to check out the program on his trip.

"I like their style of play and I like their defense," Sheard says of the Tigers. "You always hear great things about the school. Every time I talk about Auburn people tell me they're coming up and getting better. It's just a great program. I'm ready to go up there and take a look at the school."

Sheard is athletic and also has the frame to get bigger in college.

This season despite all his efforts Hollywood Hills finished the season at 7-4 overall including a loss to Coconut Creek in the first round of the playoffs. Sheard says that he wishes they could have made it deeper into the playoffs, but it just wasn't to be.

"My season could have been better," Sheard says. "We've gone out in the first round two years in a row now. That's not good. We made it to the playoffs. I could have played better all around but I did okay."

Despite facing constant double teams and backs helping to block him from the outside Sheard finished the season with 11 sacks. As a junior he had eight sacks. He says that he feels like he's improved as a player physically while still using his speed off the corner.

"My strength is my quickness off the ball," Sheard says. "That's what a lot of schools like about me, my speed off the edge. For high school I have good strength being a defensive end. I'm physical."

Sheard was one of the top performers at the Combine in Boca Raton. Measuring in at 6-4, 231 at the time, Sheard ran a 4.63 40-yard dash and recorded a time of 4.37 seconds in the short shuttle. Throw in a vertical leap of just under 35 inches and you have one of the most physically gifted prospects remaining on Auburn's board.

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