Prospect From Michigan Grabs AU's Attention

An interview with a 2011 football prospect who is hearing from Coach Gene Chizik's Tiger is featured along with video highlights from his junior season.

Madison Heights, Mich.--A football prospect for the 2011 signee class whose stock is on the rise is garnering attention from a variety of colleges, including one out of the Southeastern Conference.

Valdez Showers, a 6-0, 181-pound junior at Madison High, says he is hearing from a variety of colleges, including the Auburn Tigers.

"Most colleges are recruiting me to play cornerback and right now I have 10 scholarship offers so recruiting is going pretty well," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Rated a three-star cornerback prospect by, he made 42 tackles and deflected 12 passes as a junior. Playing on offense, he rushed for 1,542 yards and 20 touchdowns last fall in his first year as a varsity starter after having to sit out his sophomore season because he was ineligible due to transferring schools.

A player who also started games for Madison High as a forward in basketball this past season, he uses a 37-inch vertical jump to gather rebounds.

Not surprisingly, an athlete with that kind of vertical jump is also fast. "I ran a 10.6 split in the 100 meters at a meet on Saturday," he says. He did that while running on his school's 4x100 team. In the heart of track season, he is preparing for the regionals at the end of May and hopes to run at the state championships on June 5th.

Showers points out that he doesn't have a favorite and is interested in a variety of colleges, including Auburn. "I think they are coming on pretty strong," he says. "They are telling me they barely recruit up in Michigan so to even get a call from them was a big surprise.

"I have talked to Coach (Phillip) Lolley a lot and he is basically telling me what is going on at Auburn now and how much they like me and how high I am on their board," the prospect adds. Lolley coaches cornerbacks for the Tigers and that is the position Auburn is recruiting him to play, the junior says.

Showers says it is too early for him to have a favorite college. "All of them are pretty much the same right now," he says. "I just visited Michigan State on Sunday. I like Coach (Mark) Dantonio. He is a pretty cool guy."

Academically, he says that he makes "all A's and Bs'" in high school and is interested in studying mechanical engineering in college.

"I am looking for the right fit where I will feel comfortable," he says of what he is looking for in his college choice." I am looking for the place that feels right and lets me know that this is where I want to be."

Valdez Showers knows what to do with a football in his arms.

Although he was impressive as a junior, Showers isn't satisfied. "I am working on adding muscle, getting stronger, gaining more speed and I am also working on my footwork," he notes.

Currently he doesn't have any recruiting visits or summer camps lined up, but notes that he plans to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers. "I am definitely going to try to visit," he says.

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