One of the candidates for that assignment took an official visit to Auburn and says he enjoyed his weekend on the campus.
"My visit was nice," says Hollywood Hills High standout Jabaal Sheard. "I got to get a good view of the state of Alabama and what it is about.
"Patrick Lee was my player host," he says. "I didn't know him before my visit, but he is from area. We went to a frat party and chilled."
A 6-4, 231-pounder with 4.63 speed in the 40, Sheard was one of the more impressive prospects at the Scout.com Combine in Boca Raton, Fla., prior to his senior season. He has already taken a visit to Pitt and is scheduled to check out the University of South Carolina Gamecocks next week.
"I had a good visit to Auburn and I would rate it a nine on a scale of 1-10," Sheard says. "I am not ready yet to make a decision. I am still waiting to take all of my visits. I really enjoyed myself on the trip to Auburn. I am not sure when I am going to make a decision and announce where I am going. I might wait until signing day. It feel like it is a big decision for me."
Jabaal Sheard is shown at a combine workout.
One of the highlights of the weekend for Sheard was his meetings on Saturday with advisors and professors. "I got a good understanding of the academics on the visit," he says. "I see that they really care about that at Auburn. Being successfully academically is a big part of being a college football player.
"I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to major in when I came for my visit, but the professors gave me a better understanding of it," he adds. "I am interested in business and accounting or business and finance because I like math."
Like all of the 16 other prospects who were in for what should be Auburn's largest weekend for official visits for the 2007 signee class, the defensive end got to spend time with head coach Tommy Tuberville. "He basically wanted to make sure I was having a good time on my visit and we talked about Auburn and talked about what is going on in my life."
Commenting on his favorite part of the trip, Sheard says, "I really liked chillin' with the guys. They are cool and they are laid back. I got to meet a lot of the players on the team and I liked them. I talked to a lot of the recruits and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves."