High Caliber defensive back

Jamoris Slaughter, of Tucker, Ga., has a great football name, but it's his standout game that has offers pouring into the Peach State from a plethora of perennial pigskin powers.

The versatile athlete played wide receiver, safety and corner as a junior, leading the Tigers to a 7-3 record. He could reprise any of those roles at the next level, but most schools love him at safety where he can survey the field, close on the run and provide a reliable last line of defense.

"I can play offense or defense," he said in an interview with Inside Tennessee." It doesn't really matter just whatever they want me to play. I'm a more aggressive safety. I like to come up and make the hit but I can play the deep ball or cut on the out routes. I like the free safety position best."

As a junior the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Slaughter recorded 66 tackles with five interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He reports a 4.45 time in the 40 and he's a talented sprinter on the Tucker track team.

"I run the 4 by 100 (meters), the 4 by 400, the 100 and the 400," he said. "I'm doing good this spring. We're having the regionals right now but I'm not able to run because I had a hamstring strain in our last track meet about two weeks ago, and they wanted me to just sit it out until spring practice. It's all right now but they don't want me to come back on it too soon."

Timing has never been a problem for Slaughter who seems to have sixth sense about where the ball is going and the quickest means to get there.

"I normally know what route the receiver is going to run before they do it," he revealed. "You can see signs by the way they start chopping their steps or move their hips. There are tips if you know what to look for. I can read those things real well. I'm pretty physical. I can hit. I like to knock the ball loose."

Slaughter said his best game last season came in a close loss at Mays High School, as he intercepted a pair of passes and set up a Tucker TD on one of his returns.

"I really ran one back for a touchdown but they marked it down at the one," he said. "We lost that game 22-28. It was at their home and the referees kind of gave it to them."

Slaughter has found himself on the receiving end during the early stages of the 2008 recruiting campaign.

"It's going good," he said Thursday night of the recruiting process. "I have a lot of schools to go through. I'm up to 15 or 16 offers now. I was offered by Michigan today."

He has also been offered by Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Clemson and Tennessee which are his early favorites. Others to offer include: Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, East Carolina, California, Louisville, Virginia and Furman. He has made several unofficial visits this spring and plans others this summer.

"We're just going to go around visiting different colleges in the summer, trying to figure out which is the best for me," he said. "I don't know if I'm going to a lot of camps this summer, but we'll have some team camps. That will probably be the main one I'll go to."

One school he hasn't visited remains high on his list of favorites.

"I went to Vanderbilt when they played Tennessee, but I haven't been to Tennessee yet," he explained. "I've really always liked Tennessee. That's probably one of the schools I started looking at when all the recruiting started. I'd like to take a visit there. Tennessee has been mostly sending me letters. They haven't texted me or anything. So I'm not sure who is recruiting me for Tennessee."

In addition to Vanderbilt, Slaughter has made unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Boston College, Furman and Georgia. He said he followed Georgia while growing up, but he also likes Georgia Tech.

"Mostly Georgia but I still like Georgia Tech," he said. "They're coming to my school on Friday."

Atlanta is only an hour's drive from Tucker and GTU has a highly respected engineering program. "I want to do something in engineering," he said.

A solid student with a 3.0 GPA, Slaughter told Steve Wiltfong of IrishEyes.com what he was looking for in a college: "I'm looking for a great football program and good academics.  I'm looking for a school that stresses academics and has good academic support.  The coaching staff is very important.  Location really isn't a factor."

As Slaughter takes his time deciding he is working to improve his play. He wants to add muscle to his 6-1 frame and spends a lot of time in the weight room. He currently bench presses 275 pounds and squats 330. He has a 36-inch vertical although it hasn't been measured since last summer.

"I should do better now," he said. "I'm trying to get to 180 (pounds) by the time the season starts and about 190 before college."

There's a very good chance Jamoris Slaughter will pick up more offers than pounds.


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