Prospect Getting Close to Decision On A College

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Extra practice has made a difference for this heavily recruited football prospect who will be visiting the Tigers.

Tampa, Fla.--Jamesley Jean is about ready to make a decision on his choice of colleges. However, there is one more stop on the recruiting trail that he plans to make.

The six-foot-five, 225-pound tight end from Jefferson High School is making his fifth and final official visit this weekend to check out the Auburn Tigers.

"I am at the point where I am trying to let teams go now," says Jean. "My list of schools has LSU, Ohio State, N.C. State and Auburn on it," says Jean, who also visited Oklahoma, but is not considering the Sooners.

Commenting on Auburn, he says, "They were like the first team that started recruiting me during my sophomore year. I just kept hearing Auburn until I got up to my senior year and I started hearing from all of these other schools. Auburn has pretty much been there the whole time so I am not going to take them out of the running. I am going to give them a chance."

Jean is one of a half dozen high school seniors expected in for official visits to Auburn during the third weekend in January that the Tigers have played host to prospects.

Commenting on his other finalists, Jean says, "LSU is a real nice school and they have real nice facilities and educational stuff. I really liked that and had a lot of my questions answered just like on all my visits I get all my questions answered.

"At N.C. State, it was the same thing there, too. They answered all my questions. They have real nice facilities. I like the team. I really felt like I could be there.

"Ohio State was real cool," Jean says. "I had a couple of friends there. The coaches are real nice. Coach Conley (Bill Conley, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator) is a cool guy and Coach Tressel. It was real nice."

Jean says he really wasn't a football fan growing up until deciding to give the sport a try. He started watching tight ends like Shannon Sharpe, Bubba Franks and more recently, Jeremy Shockey. "I wanted to be like these guys," Jean says. "I wanted to be able to catch, run and block. I want to be just like that."

Jean credits one of his high school coaches, Terry Bender, for helping him develop at the position. Bender talked to Jean about some of the former greats at the tight end position and did even more than that. "He started working me out," Jean says. "We used to go to the beach after practice was over with on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday type of deal. I would do running at the beach and he would throw passes to me. He wanted to help me out. He had been to the college level and he wanted to help me get there. Without him, I wouldn't be as good as I am right now."

The extra practice has paid dividends. Jean is a three-year starter in football and also starts at power forward in basketball. "Right now, I think I am averaging 15 points a game," he says.

Tight ends are a high priority for Auburn's recruiting class this year and Jean says that the Tiger coaches who have been recruiting him have made that point.

Among the visitors this weekend is one of the top field goal kickers in the country, John Vaughn from Brentwood, Tenn., Academy, an All-State performer who has already committed to the Tigers.

Other visitors scheduled include defensive end Lloyd Blevins from Wenonah High in Birmingham; athlete Andre Davis from Pearl-Cohn High in Nashville; defensive tackle Andre Fluellen from Cartersville, Ga., High and defensive/offensive lineman Kevin Williams from Sebastian River, Fla., High.

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