Not Looking Back

Although Roderick Sweeting describes himself as "very open," he picks Auburn as his favorite. "I really like their facilities," he said. "It's just a great football environment and the team is always really good, especially on defense. They really do stand out right now. I just like my chances of playing early there. The corners they have now are juniors, so they are going to need some guys..."

Roderick Sweeting, the 6-foot, 170-pound three-star cornerback from Luella High School in Locust Grove, Ga., finished his junior season with 58 tackles, one interception, one blocked field goal and one fumble recovery. He also had seven touchdowns on offense and one kick returned for a score.

"I have great instincts and awareness," Sweeting said. "I have a nose for the ball and I'm very aggressive. I don't really talk trash and just do what I gotta do."

With only one pick last season, Sweeting's expecting to come up with more as a senior. "I want to get into better position to pick the ball off," he said. "I'm also working on improving my footwork and am always trying to get faster."

He benches 225-pounds, squats 405 and has a 33-inch vertical jump.

Scout.com's No.34 cornerback says he still has about 15 scholarship offers and now favors Auburn slightly over Maryland, Georgia Tech, Clemson (no offer), Georgia (no offer) and Ohio State.

"Georgia is only about one and half hours from my house," Sweeting said. "I think they are close to offering."

He attended camp in Athens, Ga., on June 5 and feels it went very well. "They said they really like me, but they have a limited number of scholarships to give out, so they need to wait a bit longer.

"I like Georgia because I really like the SEC," Sweeting said. "They also have great coaches and players too. I love the surrounding there and I just really enjoyed myself. I really think Georgia has a good chance to win the SEC next year and maybe even the national championship."

Sweeting feels confident that the local Bulldogs will offer, however, he isn't quite as sure about Clemson. "They said they only have one scholarship left to offer a defensive back," he said.

"They seemed interested, but we'll see if they offer," Sweeting said. "I really liked the area there and everything about them is really good."

Although Sweeting said he's still "very open," he picks Auburn as his current top choice. "I really like their facilities," he said. "It's just a great football environment and the team is always really good, especially on defense.

"They really do stand out right now," Sweeting said. "I just like my chances of playing early there. The corners they have now are juniors, so they are going to need some guys to step up and I think I'd be able to go in and play."

Sweeting attended the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine at Auburn on April 27.

His first scholarship offer came from Maryland and he says the Terps are recruiting him the hardest. "I really like the coaches at Maryland," he said. "They seem really nice and straightforward, especially the offensive coordinator (James Franklin). I have a pretty good relationship with him.

"They said they really like my height and think that I'd be able to make an impact there," he said.

Sweeting was born in Miami, Fla., and lived there for most of his life. He just moved to Georgia about a year ago. "I grew up loving Miami," he said. "They won a lot of national championships and always had guys going to the NFL. They were my favorite team."

Despite the 'Canes being Sweeting's childhood favorite, he says he's not considering them. "I decided that I didn't want to go back there for college," he said. "I even told my coaches not to send them my tape because I didn't want to be recruited by them."

One team that he definitely is interested in checking out is Ohio State. "I really want to see what it's like up there," Sweeting said. "They are like Miami too. They win a lot of championships and I know they send a lot of guys to the league too. It's a big-time school and a big-time program."

Sweeting says that the distance won't be a factor in his decision.

"I'm gonna start to narrow it down during the season," he said. "I just want to feel comfortable and that's why taking visits is really important."

Sweeting says he wants to major in business management and reports a 2.6 core GPA and took the ACT for the first time on June 14.

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