Speedy Prospect To Take Official AU Visit

Eufaula athlete Jerrel Jernigan talks about his trip to Auburn this weekend and coming up just short in the state title game.

Eufaula, Ala.--One of the state's most versatile prospects will take on official visit to Auburn this weekend when Eufaula standout Jerrel Jernigan makes the trip to check out Tommy Tuberville's program.

An early verbal commitment to the Troy Trojans, the 5-10, 175 Jernigan has soared up Auburn's recruiting board as well as drawing interest from several other schools after putting together a very impressive senior season. He says that he's anxious to take a look at the Auburn program while also getting a chance to sit down and talk with the coaching staff.

"Auburn called me last weekend and I go on my official visit this Friday through Sunday," Jernigan tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was unexpected for me."

Showing strong interest in the Auburn Tigers since coming to an Auburn camp over the summer, Jernigan only received mild interest from the Tigers until he began to put up big numbers in each game as a senior. That caught Auburn's eyes and now Jernigan says that despite his commitment he's looking strongly at the Tigers and hopes to get an offer this weekend.

"I'm really looking forward to going to Auburn," Jernigan tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Hopefully, they will offer me because that's where I really want to play, but if they don't Troy is still offering me. They (Troy coaches) came to see me on Monday and everything is good.

"I feel like they're (Auburn's coaches) are getting ready to offer me," he adds. "I'm thinking they might offer me this weekend when I go up there."

If that happens and Jernigan gets an offer it likely won't take long for the 5-10 speedster to pull the trigger. He says he's been waiting on the offer, but he'll still have to think it over before saying yes.

"I don't know if that would be it for me," Jernigan says. "Most likely if they offer me that's where I'm going. That's where I want to play. Coach (Tommy) Tuberville is a very good coach and I would love to play under him. I like Coach (Greg) Knox, the receivers coach. I just like their program."

Jernigan runs for yardage against Athens in the 5A title game. He finished with 83 yards on 20 carries.

In 2006 Jernigan had one of the best seasons of any football player in Alabama. Playing quarterback for the powerful option-oriented Tigers, Jernigan finished the year with 1,384 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on just 131 carries.

He also threw for 870 yards and eight touchdowns on 46-93 attempts with just three interceptions. He finished his career by throwing and rushing for a combined 183 yards in a loss to Athens in the Class 5A State Championship last Friday in Birmingham. The Tigers finished the year 14-1.

"You have to tip your hat to Athens," Jernigan says. "They came out ready to play. They were the best team that night. We came out and made a few mistakes and turned the ball over early.

"It was a good year," he notes. "We finished 14-1. Not many teams can say they went 14-1. We expected that going through the summer and conditioning. It was a pretty good season and will be one I will talk about with my grandchildren about."

Not helping Eufaula's chances was an injury to Jernigan that kept him from being full speed. Jernigan says he re-injured an ankle early in the third quarter that he had hurt in the previous week's game against UMS-Wright. The injury will force him to get a late start for basketball season, but he says he's hopeful he'll be back on the court next week to take over his duties as point guard for the Tigers.

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