Two-Sport Star Looking At Auburn

A report on bluechip prospect Shon Carson features comments from the South Carolina prep star and football video highlights.

Lake City, S.C.--Talented tailback Shon Carson is a big-time prospect in both football and baseball. Auburn likes Carson enough to offer him the opportunity to play both sports for the Tigers, something a variety of other colleges have done, too.

South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, East Carolina, Maryland and UCLA think highly enough of the speedy Carson to offer him the opportunity to play both sports at their universities, too.

"I would really like to do both in college," Carson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. The 5-10, 195-pound speedster certainly has the credentials to play football, baseball or both at the major college level.

Carson notes that he has been playing both sports since he was six-years-old he and is not ready to give up either one for a while.

As a senior in football this fall, he will be shooting for a fourth straight 1,000-yard rushing season. As a freshman he ran for close to 1,300 yards. He bumped that total up to 1,636 yards as a sophomore. Last season he ran for 2,146 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Carson says his goals for this fall revolve around the team having success in the regular season and the state playoffs, but he notes that he would like to help make that happen by making Lake City High history in the process.

"I would like to break the school single-season rushing record," he says. "It is 2,929 yards by Ike Green."

He notes that he is excited about his senior football season. "We have a lot of good players coming back," he says. "I really think we are going to have a good team. We want to win region and then win the state championship."

In baseball he is a power hitter with speed who plays shortstop or centerfield. He was clocked at 6.37 seconds for 60 yards at a baseball showcase. He also ran a 4.37 40-yard dash this season at an Under Armour football combine this year.

A high school varsity starter in baseball since his seventh grade year, he has 36 career home runs and in 28 games as a junior he stole 51 bases.

Asked if he has a favorite position in baseball, Carson says, "Not really. I like playing both shortstop and center field." He does note that his favorite Major League Baseball player is a shortstop, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Shon Carson

In football his team lines up in both the "I" formation and the Wing-T. "I like running out of the ‘I' more than the Wing-T," he says, explaining that it gives him more room to operate and freedom to find a running lane and use his speed.

Carson notes that there isn't a running back whose style he tries to emulate on a football field. He does say that he really enjoys watching Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson.

Being recruited by Auburn baseball head coach John Pawlowski and his assistants as well as Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper, he notes that he likes those guys and is definitely interested in Auburn. However, he notes that it is too early in the recruiting process for him to have a favorite.

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