Huntsville, Ala.--One of the top defensive line prospects in Alabama this year says that he's currently down to three schools and will begin to narrow that list down as soon as possible. Athletic 6-3 ½, 270 Jomarcus Savage from J.O. Johnson High says that the recruiting rush has been steady, but three have emerged at the top of the heap at the moment.
"It's going good, but it's just difficult," Savage tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Each school is so good and it's hard to choose from them. South Carolina, Auburn and Tennessee are probably going to be my final three because I don't see anyone making any attempts to step up or come at me.
"Coaches from South Carolina and Coach (Don) Dunn from Auburn have come by," he adds. "I think Coach (Kurt) Roper and Coach (John) Chavis are coming down this Wednesday. It helps that I get to talk to all of them. In that little length of time it actually lets me know how my experience will be at that school with that coach."
Savage got a chance to check out Auburn just over one week ago when he was in attendance for the annual Iron Bowl game against Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Watching as Auburn's defense shut down the Crimson Tide in a 17-10 victory, Savage says the atmosphere and experience was unlike anything he's been to.
"That was a great game to experience," Savage says. "The atmosphere was crazy. It was like no other. It's a heated rivalry. It was an all-out great game to watch. It was fun, especially watching a couple of guys that I have talked to and I know in Sen'Derrick Marks and Quentin Groves and Josh Thompson. He had a career-high 12 tackles."
With his list narrowed to three, Savage says that the next process for him will be to take official visits to each of his schools. He currently has two set in stone, but the third is up in the air because of a commitment that has him occupied for a week during December.
"I have set up an official visit for Auburn on January 11-12," Savage says. "I have Jan. 19 set for Tennessee. I'm still iffy about when I'm going to South Carolina, if I'm going to set it up for the weekend after the all-star game or the weekend after the Tennessee visit."
One of just 37 seniors in Alabama to be named to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic that has been moved from the summer to Dec. 17 at Ladd-Peebles Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Savage says that he's excited about the opportunity to showcase his talents against some of the best players in the South.
"That's a great honor," Savage says. "It's huge representing the State of Alabama on one team. It's not just 5A or 6A it's the whole state. There's only 37 seniors and that says a lot in itself. To play with all these big names, Alabama in itself has a lot of top players in the nation, that's a big accomplishment for me."
Coming off a strong camp circuit last summer, Savage did nothing to diminish his standing among recruiting analysts and college coaches this season for Johnson as he helped them to an early number one ranking in Class 5A and a second round berth in the playoffs before losing to Briarwood Christian. Savage says his year was a productive one in his mind and he feels like he's a better player.
"I think my year went pretty good," Savage says. "I think it was better than last year. I think I improved. I had 75 tackles and 10 sacks in 12 games. I got doubled from the beginning of the season. I got doubled all year. The games that teams singled blocked me are the games I would dominate."
One of his best games of the season came against that same Briarwood team in the playoffs. Facing off against Auburn commitment Barrett Trotter and an explosive Lion offense, Savage had 10 tackles and two sacks in the loss. Despite his success, Savage says that he thinks Auburn got a good one in Trotter.
"The thing I'm really impressed about is what he does at the quarterback position with the offensive line that he has," Savage says. "His offensive line is not the best, I can tell you that. He has limited time in the pocket and he has like a clock in his head. He does that, he's that good, with that length of time then I can imagine what he'll be like with a great offensive line."