JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the recruiting business you hear a lot of people say that you get noticed during your junior year. That is not the case, however, for Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast wide receiver Jason Sherman who had never played a down of organized football until Friday night.
"My speed, size and my aggressiveness to the ball is what makes me such a good prospect I think," Sherman said. "I need to work on my routes because I'm still real raw right now. I think I can get better if I continue to work hard at practice."
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Sherman picked up an offer from Illinois during the spring when Ron Zook came down and watched a First Coast practice.
"I thought it was amazing that I got that offer," Sherman said. "Illinois is always going to be high on my list because of the faith they showed in me. I was really shocked, but that made me want to work harder. After I went to some camps this summer I realized I was ready at that point."
Sherman is ranked as the No. 89 player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com. So what caused the athletic Sherman to take the plunge his senior year.
"My boy Alex Rose talked me into it really," Sherman said. "He kept telling me that I would be real good and that I could help the team a lot. I went out there for spring practice and did real well and got some confidence up."
Illinois may be his only offer, but other schools are certainly keeping an eye on the tall, lean receiver.
"Clemson, Troy, Ole Miss and Central Florida are all schools that are recruiting me," Sherman said. "I am just going to play hard this year and see what ends up happening by the end of the year."