Great safety prospects are always in high demand, and that puts Jamoris Slaughter very much at the top of several recruiting boards across the country. Without question, Slaughter is going to be one of the most sought-after safety prospects in the nation, and already he is being recruited coast-to-coast.
Jamoris says his friends call him Slaughter and considering that he slaughters wide receivers and running backs when he tackles them, the name is a perfect fit. As a sophomore, Slaughter played mostly wide receiver, but he did see some action at free safety in a back-up role. Then, last season, he became the starting free safety and totally concentrated on the defensive side of the ball.
Slaughter was outstanding in his full season as a starter finishing the season with 66 tackles (44 solo), 10 pass break-ups and four interceptions. Those numbers and his physical play have placed him in the high rent territory among the top safeties in the country.
"I am proud people say good things about me," said Slaughter. "It makes me want to work harder. It is a real privilege to play this game. A lot of people don't get a chance to experience this. So when somebody says something good about my game, I am very proud. That also makes going through the recruiting process fun. I didn't know what to expect and, to be honest, I was surprised when I started to hear from schools. Now that I am it is a lot of fun."
Slaughter can bench 275 pounds, squat 330 and he has posted a 33-inch vertical jump. He also runs track running the 100M (10.9), 400M (49.0), 4 X 400 (anchor). He is a good athlete who can cover as well, which makes him one of the top free safety prospects in the country.
"When I am back there and I have a play over the top, I don't let anything get behind me," said Slaughter. "I love coming up when teams run sweeps on us and getting big hits. I just love to hit people. Tthat is my favorite thing to do, but I know I have to cover as well. And like I said, nobody gets behind me."
Slaughter is getting more and more offers every day.
"I think I have received about 17 offers so far," said Slaughter. "I have been offered by Georgia, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ole Miss, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan State and Michigan. Those are the schools that I can remember."
What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?
"I have talked to them one time," said Slaughter. "They offered me and I do have an interest in OU. I am trying to take a visit to Oklahoma this summer and then go on from there. I really can't say much about them because I have never visited the school or seen it. Most schools offer similar things so getting a chance to see each school just to find out what is different is important to me. So far, I have been to Notre Dame, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Auburn. I really liked my visit to Notre Dame. We went to their spring game on April 21 and I got to sit down and talk to their head coach."
Slaughter says the schools that he has visited thus far are his favorites, but he plans to make more visits this summer.
"I am going to take as many visits as I can around here," said Slaughter. "If I can, I am going to make it out to Oklahoma."