Top Senior - - Jermaine Shiver - - AC Flora

One of the top 2 way players in the state is Ac Flora's Jermaine Shiver and he is hearing from college coaches all over the country.

"He is as good of a pure throwback fullback as I have ever seen." says Coach Robin Bacon Head Coach of the AC Flora Falcons.


Jermaine Shiver may be an old school fullback but his game is definitely looking forward to the future. The two-way all region player is one the hardest working players in the state and is ready for his senior season.


Shiver stands at 5' 11" and weighs a bruising 235 lbs. His strength numbers are equally impressive with a 345 lb bench press and a 465 lb squat His latest forty time is an impressive 4.65.


At last years Nike Camp in Athens, Georgia, Jermaine was among the best fullbacks in camp. He had an outstanding summer camp season in 2002 and continued with that momentum into the 2002 season. He opened the year with a 27 carry, 197 yard, 2 touchdown performances against Pelion. For the season Jermaine rushed for almost 900 yard, 8 touchdowns and averaged 7.1 yards per carry.


Jermaine is a 4 year starter for Coach Bacon and the Falcons. On offense he is the starting fullback in the Wing T attack. "I really enjoy the Wing T attack" Jermaine stated. "In the offensive system I get to run over people and lay down the big blocks." Obviously Shiver is pretty good at running over people. Last season he averaged 4.7 yards after the first contact was made and in highlights reels he is often seen dragging would be tacklers down the field.


Defensively, Shiver lines up at the linebacker position and loves to deliver the hit on opposing running back. "I like flowing to the ball and then just when the back hits the hole, I want to be the one to deliver the knock out punch and make the play"


Shiver's school is in the middle of renaissance on the football field under Coach Bacon. Last season the Falcons hosted their first playoff game in 44 years and made great progress with a 6-5 campaign. The 2003 season looks strong for AC Flora with 18 seniors returning and a schedule that will have the Falcons playing their first 8 games in the friendly confines of Columbia's Memorial Stadium.


Shiver is ready for his senior season. "We want to win games, make a deep run in the playoffs and win against our big rivals. The Dreher game is always important and we want to win the (Dreher) game for Coach Bacon." (Coach Robin Bacon's brother is the head coach at Dreher) With Jermaine and 17 seniors returning for 2003, AC Flora is looking for perhaps their best season ever under Coach Bacon. "He keeps us focused and never lets up on the practice field" Shiver said.


This spring will see Jermaine busy with Track season where he hopes to make a charge at a state championship in the Shot Put. After track season and the end of the school year, Jermaine will start the summer camp season with trips to South Carolina, Georgia, and maybe Clemson.


Jermaine is anxiously awaiting the recruiting process and making plans for his college career. He has letters from 30 schools all over the country including Nebraska, Georgia, Maryland, Clemson and the hometown South Carolina Gamecocks. He attended junior day at USC and had a great time meeting Coach Skip Holtz and Coach Fitch. He is looking towards Computer Science as a major in college and sports a near 3.0 GPA. He will take the SAT on April 5th.


Jermaine is an outstanding young man and I enjoyed speaking with him earlier this week. He correctly predicted a Duke victory over Maryland at Cameron last Wednesday. We wish Jermaine and AC Flora the best of luck in 2003 and look forward to following his progress this season






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