Slowly but surely word is beginning to spread nationally about D'Shawn Jamison's game. The Houston (Tex.) Lamar standout was rated one of the top defensive backs at the Nike Opening Regional in his hometown a few weeks back thanks to his impressive blend of speed, quickness, and tenacity.
"My game is being an aggressive player,” Jamison said matter-of-factly. “It’s just being explosive like I am, getting downhill, and tackling somebody. As far as me being undersized as a cornerback, (the film) shows a lot of me playing against taller receivers and showing off my speed."
"They mostly compare me to Tyrann Mathieu."
The “Honey Badger” earned that nickname at LSU because of his ability to play much bigger than his size. Jamison’s penchant for doing the same thing is responsible for the aforementioned comparison, and also for the role some coaches project him to play in college.
Said Jamison, "they're mostly talking about playing nickel, but they trust me as a cornerback too cause they don't care about size."
Southern programs like Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and Ole Miss have already stepped forward with offers, but so too have out-of-region schools like USC and Michigan. The Maize & Blue officially threw its hat in the ring back in early December. The shock he experienced upon receiving that news has worn off, but his desire to learn more about the Wolverines hasn’t. One of the biggest reasons for that is defensive backs coach Brian Smith.
“(Smith) said he didn't get to like two minutes of the tape and he was like he’s great, we're going to offer him,”… and they did,” Jamison recalled. “Coming from the defensive backs (Coach Smith) coach, that was great."
"What I know is with Jim Harbaugh over there, he produces a lot of great DB's and receivers. That shows a lot (about) who he is and what he does at Michigan. Mostly what I know (about Michigan) is Jabrill Peppers was over there. I kind of compare myself to him to because I can play on both sides of the ball."
The idea of further emulating a player he looks up to is appealing to Jamison, but it doesn’t make the prospects of luring him away from the in-region powers any easier. The first step to getting him over his current reservations about distance from home is getting him up to campus for a visit. A plan to do so is currently in the works.
"The only visits I went to were (Texas) and TCU,” said Jamison. “I plan on going up there to Michigan probably during the summer."