Versatile Safety a Strong Pickup For Tigers

McAdory High School head coach David Powell talks with Inside the Auburn Tigers about Auburn's latest football commitment.

McCalla, Ala.--Auburn's newest commitment on Monday, Marcus Jemison of McAdory High School, chose the Tigers over several offers like Clemson, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee and Houston.

In high school Jemison was a three-way starter at quarterback and safety. The Blue Raiders and Cougars recruited him as a QB, where in the Wing-T he rushed for 824 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 130-264 for 2,139 yards and 22 TDs in his prep career.

The rest of the schools on Jemison's list wanted him as a safety, where he had 111 stops and 11 interceptions in three years. Having narrowed his list to Auburn and Clemson, Auburn had the edge being closer to home and also offers Jemison an opportunity to play as a freshman at safety.

"He's got all of the tools," says McAdory head coach David Powell. "He's got the confidence. He'll just have to get in there and learn the schemes, the techniques that Auburn wants him to play. He's a fast learner. He wants to play, he wants to play early and he'll do what it takes.

"He's not looking for any corners to cut," Powell continues. "He'll do what it takes to get on the field. He's got the mindset to play right now. He's just got to learn the techniques and learn the schemes and I expect him to have a great career at Auburn."

Jemison showed his athleticism as a punt returner, returning three for a score as a senior, and his versatility serving as the holder on extra points, the kicker on kickoffs and also handling punting duties for the Yellow Jackets.

Powell adds that he also has the physical mindset to play defense in the SEC.

"From my view, he's definitely got a head-hunter mentality," Powell explains. "That's the way he played quarterback. On his opportunities that he ran the ball, his scramble situations where he broke out of the pocket, he just didn't look for a place to get down. He got every inch he could get. He's not a guy that is going to go out of bounds or not take a hit. He's a guy that is looking to get every yard he could get. He played quarterback almost with a defensive mindset."

A year ago Jemison checked in at six-foot-two, 175 pounds. However, he made a commitment to weight room and played his senior season at 200 pounds, which is a solid weight to play safety at the college level.

"We've got Marcus at 4.5," Powell says of Jemison's 40-yard dash. "He's got great agility, he's got great vision and he can throw the ball. He's a great quarterback as well. He's looking forward to the opportunity. He's got a lot of upside to him. He's got a great frame to build on--6-2, 200 and he loves contact.

"He led us the last three years to 30 wins and five losses, three Region Championships," Powell adds. "We actually won four in a row, but he led us to the last three. He's graduating in the winningest class in McAdory school history: 30-5."

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