Southward Looking at his Options

Shawn Southward from Florence, Alabama had been hearing from BYU and some local schools such as Troy and Arkansas State, but recently a much bigger-name school threw their hat into the ring in hopes of acquiring Southward's services. TBS caught up with him to learn of these recent developments and what his plans are as we head down the stretch to February 4.

"I have an offer now from Florida State," said Shawn Southward. "They started talking to me real recently and offered me a scholarship, which is great since they're a good team and all."

With his Florida State offer, Southward will now have to decide between the Seminoles and the other schools that have offered him scholarships, namely Arkansas State and Troy State. Although Florida State is a big name and an offer from the Seminoles carries a lot of weight, Southward insists that he does not have a clear favorite as of yet.

"I visit Troy this weekend and I really like them," said Southward. "They're a local school, which I like, and I could see myself signing there to be sure."

Southward has visits scheduled to Troy and then to BYU the weekend after that. He has yet to set up a visit with Florida State.

Southward, who is 5 feet 10 inches and 198 pounds, is being recruited to play both running back and cornerback by the different schools recruiting him, but would rather play running back if given a preference.

"I like playing running back most," said Southward. "Hopefully I get to play running back in college, but I could play cornerback if the situation is right."

While Southward is very familiar with the local schools, he's intrigued by what he hears about BYU and is interested in learning more.

"BYU hasn't offered, but I really like what I've heard about them," said Southward. "I understand that BYU is a different school and they want to really make sure I'll fit in there, which is why I want to take my trip out there."

Southward has had BYU coaches out to see him and has had his share of conversations with coaches over the phone, but really wants to become more familiar with the school that is very much a big departure from what he may be used to after growing up in Alabama.

"They want to see if I'll fit and I want to see if I'll fit, so it will be interesting, and if I like it and they like me, hopefully they offer," said Southward. "I like what I've heard about BYU so far, but I really won't know until I go out there."

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