Jayron Kearse Picks Tigers

Jayron Kearse

A young and talented football prospect from Florida has decided to end recruiting early and commit to the Auburn Tigers.

Fort Myers, Fla.--Athletic Jayron Kearse, the nephew of former University of Florida star Jevon Kearse, is the second class of 2013 football prospect to commit to Auburn this month.

"I just felt like Auburn is the right place for me," Kearse told Inside the Auburn Tigers "From talking to the coaches, Coach Troop (wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor) and Coach Boulware (tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware), from the vibe I got from them, I just felt like Auburn would be the right place for me.

"The offensive scheme is good and that is a big plus," Kearse added. "That is something that is important to me. I decided that Auburn would be a great place for me and I decided, ‘Why not go ahead and commit instead of waiting.'"

Kearse, who is 6-4, 185 pounds, said he seriously considered USF, Clemson, FSU, Miami and Florida before choosing the Tigers.

He made the commitment even though he has yet to visit the Auburn campus. He said that will change soon. "I am going to be there on Oct. 15th when Auburn plays Florida," he pointed out.

Kearse played safety as a ninth grader and moved to quarterback last season to direct an option offense. "I had 141 carries for 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore," he said.

His team will open the regular season on Friday night vs. South Fort Myers High School. In a preseason contest last week he noted that he carried the ball 23 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns and added another score on a pass.

Commenting on his 2011 Cypress Lake squad, the quarterback said, "We have got a pretty good team this year. We just have to keep working."

Kearse has the versatility to play a variety of positions in college. "Auburn is recruiting me as wide receiver," he said. "I played receiver in my younger days. I am playing quarterback now, but I do some receiver drills in practice."

The big quarterback certainly has the speed to play receiver. Although he is just starting his junior year in high school, he has posted a best time of 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash and it won't be surprising to see him drop that into the 4.4s as he matures physically.

Academically, Kearse said that he currently has a 3.1 grade point average and he is interested in majoring in communications in college.

Jayron Kearse is shown at a combine where he was one of the top performers.

Geoff Vogt of SunStateFootball.com who covers high school sports in the state of Florida for Scout.com, wrote, "Today Kearse is a running quarterback and a safety. Down the road there is no telling what he could play. He is lean today, but we have not seen many players that are more physical. He is a Kearse which means the weight gain tends to happen in college(Jevon and Desmond).

"Right now it is hard to not see a difference making safety down the road. Colleges covet this type of elite size, he is a rare 6-4 player that truly has the tools to be a standout at safety. He certainly has the chance to develop at wide receiver as well. If the weight comes, outside might be his future home. In the end, it will depend on his physical development."

The new Auburn commitment said that the best advice about football and recruiting that he has received from Jevon Kearse and Desmond Kearse is to "stay humble" and he added, "That is what I try to do."

The Tigers picked up a verbal commitment from class of 2013 linebacker Trey Johnson of Central Gwinnett High School in August and in June defensive lineman Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals High selected the Tigers.

Class of 2013 Verbal Commitments

Auburn has 15 verbal commitments for the 2012 signee class.

Class of 2012 Verbal Commitments

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