AUBURN, Ala. — Jashawn Sheffield had a clear plan.
Sheffield, who was close to committing earlier this year, wanted to make one more trip to Auburn with his mother before finalizing anything. He traveled up from St. Simons Island, Ga., for his official visit, and after spending the day with players and coaches on Friday, Sheffield went public with a commitment on Saturday.
He became the 12th commitment in the 2019 class. Sheffield is the nation’s 10th-ranked athlete and No. 150 overall prospect. With Sheffield’s commitment, Auburn moves up three spots to No. 13 in the recruiting team rankings.
Sheffield’s decision shouldn’t be much of a surprise given his comments following his first Auburn trip earlier this spring. He picked the Tigers over Tennessee and Florida State.
“Great atmosphere. They make me feel like it’s family here. Genuine people, I know they really care. They have a good business program. I just think I’m going to have a good time here. I love it here. I’m happy here,” Sheffield said. “The first time I came here, I was very happy to be here. I felt like I was home, I didn’t even want to go home when I got here. This is it. This is over with. This is my home.“
Sheffield joins high school teammate Jaylin Simpson — who committed earlier in the spring — as part of the Tigers’ 2019 class. Sheffield said he knew since his recruitment began that he wanted to play alongside Simpson in college.
“Yeah, we knew we wanted to play together the whole time,” Sheffield said. “We had a feeling it was going to work out like that. We didn’t want to stop playing together.”
Sheffield does it all for his high school football team. At Frederica Academy (Ga.), Sheffield plays running back, wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner.
For Auburn, the 4-star prospect has flirted with wide receiver or safety. The Tigers are taking Sheffield’s commitment under the “athlete” label, which gives both Sheffield and Auburn the flexibility to see how things shape out with his 2018 season and the rest of the 2019 class.