Newest AU Commitment Feels Family Connection

Auburn's newest commitment, Jahmere Irvin-Sills, discusses his connection to the Tigers and why he made his commitment. The report includes comments from his coach and junior video highlights.

Elkton, MD—Family ties were the difference for Auburn's newest football commitment as cornerback Jahmere Irvin-Sills chose the Tigers on Friday night after talking things over with friends and family.

Very close to current Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson, so close that he calls him his big brother, Irvin-Sills said everything about the decision just made sense for him.

"I just committed a little bit ago," he said. "Auburn is in the SEC. They are the best of the best. I have a big brother that goes there, Angelo Blackson, and he tells me a lot about Auburn when he visits.

"My parents know the coaches Gene Chizik and Tommy Thigpen," the prospect added. "They also just got a defensive coordinator from the NFL (Brian VanGorder) so they are going to do some great things. I think I can be a great asset to their defense.

"It is a big relief for me," he added. "I can focus now more on school and I can focus on getting my game straight for when I head down to Auburn. It's just a blessing. War Eagle!"

Jahmere Irvin-Sills

A three-star prospect and the number 40 cornerback in the nation according to, Irvin-Sills said he had offers from West Virginia, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Hawaii, Boston College, Connecticut, Houston, North Carolina State and a few more schools. He said getting the opportunity to pick Auburn came after getting a recent offer from the Tigers.

"I think it was about two weeks ago on a Thursday when the defensive coordinator and Coach Thig came to see me work out," he said. "I was just doing some drills and they liked me. I got the offer pretty soon after.

"Me and my family thought about it hard and since I already have family down there I decided it was the best place for me to go and for me to showcase my talents against the best of the best."

At 5-10, 175 and with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Irvin-Sills played for Red Lion Academy last season before moving to Elkton Christian Academy this year. As a junior he made 27 tackles with two interceptions and caused a fumble. He also scored three touchdowns.

With his commitment in the books he said the next order of business is to get down to Auburn to check things out. Hearing about it only he said that he's looking forward to seeing it in person.

"My family has been talking about it and they love it," Irvin-Sills said. "They always tell me it's the best fit for me and I'm going to love it down there. I plan on making it down there next week or either when Kenny (Kenny Bigelow) has the big man challenge down there. I'm going down very soon."

His head coach, Dwayne Thomas, said Auburn is getting a major talent. "He is an exceptionally gifted athlete," Thomas told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is an exceptionally aggressive football player."

Thomas said that Auburn's new defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder, told the coach that he is excited about getting Irvin-Sills on board with the Tigers. "He said that Jahmere has the talent to explode as a prospect.

"Jahmere is from Wilmington, Delaware, but he plays with the swagger of a great player from south Florida," Thomas added.

"Off the field he is a very humble young man," said Thomas, who pointed out that he believes the cornerback is a great addition to Auburn's recruiting class.

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