On Saturday, the cat-quick defensive back and his Hoover High School teammates will try to win the Class 6A state championship against Jeff Davis of Montgomery. After that, he will be able to focus on picking where he will spend his collegiate days. Because of his excellent man-to-man coverage skills, he has plenty of options.
"I am real excited about the championship and our team is real excited," Hedgemon tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "This is the third time we have been in the championship game. We won it two years ago and lost it last year and that makes us want it even more this year."
Hedgemon must have felt like the Maytag repairman early in the season as Hoover played mostly running teams and the few passes that were thrown were normally not in his coverage area. That is not surprising after he intercepted nine passes as a junior.
"Lately we have been playing against teams that pass the ball more," says Hedgemon, who has managed to intercept four passes this year. "Jeff Davis has a good running back and a good quarterback who can pass the ball well. It looks like it will be one of those 50-50 games where they will run and pass it a lot."
Hedgemon, who is 5-10, 185 with 4.43 speed, says he has narrowed his choice of colleges to five schools. He was one of the most impressive athletes at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa earlier this year. Auburn is on the short list and will get a visit from the cornerback who is nicknamed "Spiderman" on Jan. 17th. His first official visit is set for Jan. 10th and he has a visit set to Notre Dame on the 24th of January. Hedgemon says he is also considering visits to Colorado and Arkansas.
Cornerback is a priority area for Auburn's 2003 signee class. Hedgemon says he wants to keep an open mind on his college choice as he takes his visits, but notes, "I know a lot more about Auburn than the other colleges and I like Auburn and know their coaches," he says.
Hedgemon and his 12-1 Hoover team will close the 2002 season Saturday afternoon in their showdown for the Class 6A state title at Legion Field. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. Jeff Davis, a surprise team in the state finals, is 11-2.