Making the Case: Jashawn Sheffield
The 2019 class is on the clock and several of the nation’s top players have begun to cut their lists in advance of a commitment announcement.
Today, experts from the Rivals.com network examine where four-star athlete Jashawn Sheffield might end up playing his college football. The candidates are Auburn, Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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Sheffield has been on the verge of committing to at least one school, possibly two over the past year. The Tennessee Vols were the first school to offer. He has visited Florida State more than any other school and Auburn has had him on campus twice in the last month. South Carolina was at his school this week and the Gamecocks have been high on his list for the last few months.
Sheffield appeals to many schools because of his athleticism and versatility on the field, and a decision could be coming soon. With a decision coming into focus, we asked our team experts to state the case for their respective programs and let National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell issue a verdict.
THE CASE FOR AUBURN
“It’s all about relationships and familiarity with Sheffield and Auburn. Sheffield has developed very strong bonds with Gus Malzahn, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson and wide receivers coach Kodi Burns. He has a lot of trust in Auburn’s coaching staff, something he values greatly, and has been impressed with the emphasis the coaches have put on education.
"Sheffield has visited Auburn numerous times, including a weekend trip in April, and plans to return as often as possible. It also doesn’t hurt the Tigers’ chances with Sheffield that his teammate and close friend, cornerback Jaylin Simpson, is committed to Auburn. The two have expressed interest in playing together in college and if they hold true to that, it would be at Auburn.” – Jeffrey Lee, AuburnSports.com
THE CASE FOR FLORIDA STATE
“With Florida State, they have always been the dream school for Jashawn, but there were questions about what specific position the 'Noles like Sheffield at. Now we hear the Noles are locked into wanting Sheffield at receiver and have made that clear that Sheffield is a guy they want in this class.
"Auburn is the focus it seems with his teammate committing there. But with the position locked down and the impressions FSU already made on prospects getting on campus, the Noles can be a major player. The Noles will be pushing hard if they can get Sheffield back for a final visit.
"FSU can pull this off assuming that visit happens, considering FSU is his dream school.” – Michael Langston, Warchant.com
THE CASE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA
“With the commitment of his teammate Jaylin Simpson to Auburn, it appears that the Tigers may have the momentum here. But South Carolina has been a mainstay in Sheffield's recruitment, hosting his team for its 7-on-7 camp last summer and getting the duo back on campus earlier this year for a junior day visit.
"Sheffield has relationships with head coach Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon, and USC coaches spent hours at the school earlier this week, so the Gamecocks have obviously made him a priority. Sheffield's interest in potentially majoring in business also could play into the Gamecocks' favor as South Carolina has one of the top business schools in the country.
"Can the Gamecocks overtake Auburn? They may need to get Sheffield back on campus to regain the momentum.” – Wes Mitchell, GamecockCentral.com
THE CASE FOR TENNESSEE
“Tennessee has quietly hung around in the background throughout Sheffield’s recruitment. The Vols’ previous staff was actually the first school to offer the St. Simons native a scholarship, and the staff change actually helped Tennessee. Sheffield is close with quality control analyst Tino Sunseri, formally one of the athlete’s main recruiters at FSU. The two talk regularly and there’s plans for Sheffield to visit the Vols with his family before making a decision. There’s no doubt Tennessee is playing catch-up behind Auburn and Ohio State, but they feel like they have a real shot if they can get the Under Armour All-American back on campus.” – Jesse Simonton, Volquest.com
“With a teammate committed to Auburn now and many thinking he has been a lean to the Tigers for a long time, you have to think Sheffield will commit to Auburn and keep the pipeline rolling.” – Mike Farrell, Rivals.com National Director of Recruiting