Fate has a way of changing a person's life in many ways. One day you're a basketball player dreaming of winning an NCAA National Championship, the next your mom gives in and allows you to play a sport you've never played before and college coaches start calling with scholarships in hand.
Can you just imagine the hug Jason Sherman gives him mother each night? Because the first time football receiver will be spending his Saturday's looking to burn defensive backs at the Division One College football level.
Bearcat Insider caught up with the First Coast High School (Jacksonville, Fl.) receiver to get the latest in his recruiting and to find out were the Bearcats stand amongst those in the running.
At 6'4 195 lbs. with a 4.4 forty time, Jason Sherman has learned quick college coaches like what they see. Having never played football until this past fall, Sherman found colleges taking looks last spring during spring-ball.
It didn't take former Florida Head Coach Ron Zook long to take the bait and offer the former hoop player a football scholarship. As Illinois was the first, they wouldn't be the last as Central Florida, South Florida, Florida International and Florida Atlantic soon followed in trying to get Sherman to stay within the Sunshine State borders.
But while staying home would be easy with these schools, it was two out of state schools that really caught the hidden gems eye before and during his official visits.
The University of Cincinnati has already received a verbal commitment from First Coast defensive back Jason Whitehead. But while the Bearcats could have been happy with one top Florida kid, they took a serious liking to Sherman and started the recruiting process in hopes of landing two of the Jacksonville High Schools top players.
While Whitehead is all set to be a Bearcat, his teammate still has his eyes on an SEC power in search of a scholarship. This weekend is the biggest weekend in Sherman's short football career. If his visit goes well at Auburn and he receives an offer, he'll have to make a choice between the two schools at the top of his list.
"Right now Auburn and Cincinnati are my #1 and #2 schools. I hope to make my choice after my visit sometime next week or at least by the start of the other week." Said the talented receiver.
When asked if being close to home matter, Sherman explained. "Not really, it doesn't matter how far away I am from home."
One factor that doesn't favor Auburn or Cincinnati is having a high school teammate at the school. "It makes it easier to have someone you know with you." Said Sherman, but this works at both programs as Whitehead will be a Bearcat and Alex Rose another teammate has already given his verbal to Auburn.
When talking about his visit to the Queen City, Sherman was quick to say his visit went very well. "My visit went well, it really went well."
The Bearcat coaches seem to do a great job of placing host with the prospects they bring in, when asked who his host was during his visit, Sherman talked about the man from California Antwuan Giddens.
When asked what he felt his strength was as a player, Sherman spoke of the ability to catch the football and about being aggressive on the offensive side of the ball.
As we spoke about the Bearcats and Tigers program, the question of coming into a program and being able to make an impact his fist season or going to one that is established where he may have to wait his turn, Sherman was quick to respond.
"I feel good about both programs. I'm just going to work hard and get better no matter where I'm at."
As I closed out our conversation I had to ask the most important question of the night for a second time. So if you were to breakdown all the schools who've offered, who are your favorites?
"My favorites are Cincinnati and Auburn and it will come down between these two schools when I make my decision. I really hope I'll be able to make my choice next week."
So there you have it. While Sherman may be under the radar, it looks like the Bearcats are in the hunt for a "Hidden Gem" of a prospect that many feel is just learning the game of football. We'll check back with Jason after his visit unless he receives an Auburn offer and makes himself a Tiger commitment.