Auburn’s 5-foot-5 RB commit Shaun Shivers laughs at critics of his size
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we look at Auburn running back commit Shaun Shivers’ commitment and role for the Tigers. We also showcase the most recent offers given out by coaches to 2018 prospects.
Some numbers matter, some numbers don’t
Shaun Shivers hears it all the time.
When he breaks 75-yard touchdown runs. When he blows away the competition at state track meets. When he sees scouting reports on his skill set.
And, especially, when he talks to college football coaches — Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey included.
“The first thing he said was, ‘You’re fast. I can’t wait to get you up here on the Plains,'” Shivers said. “He talked about me playing running back and me going in the slot. Just getting the space.”
Shivers’ speed is the default conversation starter.
He’s been clocked at 10.47 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Shivers is a highly-recruited running back, sure, but his dreams of participating in the 2020 Summer Olympics run even deeper. He plans to run track for the Tigers as well, so it’s impossible to mention Shivers without mentioning his world-class track speed.
But there’s other measurements often used to define the Auburn commit.
He’s 5-foot-5 (a sturdy 175 pounds, mind you), and that figure is brought up almost synonymously with his name. Shivers is aware of it — he even hears chatter on the football field — but he pays it no mind.
“Sometimes I laugh. Sometimes I don’t say nothing. But my game tells it all,” Shivers told SEC Country. “I don’t care how big you are. On the football field, we’re both men. It’s let the best man win — every time.”
There are other Shivers-related statistics that, in his mind, tell the truer story.
First, there are the 1,447 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns during his junior season. That included 121 yards rushing per game. Shivers scampered 98 yards for a touchdown once, against a fierce rival. Of course, the 42-0, 30-13 and 42-17 playoff wins — before an eventual loss in the state title game — are numbers that should be duly noted.
Auburn’s coaching staff is fully aware of it. It’s why the coaches encouraged an early commitment. And it’s why, on weekends like the January junior day, Shivers is treated like the big man on campus.
“It feels great. Everybody knows you. It’s like a family. Everybody is coming up to you, ‘Hey, Shaun. How you doing, Shaun?’ You just feel real good. … I felt like I was VIP,” Shivers said. “Just the atmosphere of the campus. The coaches, it’s a real good coaching staff. Just the atmosphere of the program is good.”
Two-a-days: The offer edition
We are in the thick of offering season. Every day, every staff across the country is publicly extending an offer or two — maybe more in some cases.
Auburn is no different. Here’s the recap of visits given by the Tigers over the past couple days. Auburn is hitting roughly a two-per-day quota going back to the beginning of the week.
DeMarvion Overshown has been a busy man lately. Since Feb. 1, the 4-star safety has received offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Florida State, Missouri, Clemson, Ohio State, South Carolina, Colorado and Georgia. Need a breather after that list, huh? Auburn added to it. Overshown is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound safety who is ranked 14th nationally at the position. He’s from Arp, Texas, which adds to Auburn’s growing presence in the Lone Star State since Larry Porter’s arrival.
Dominick Anderson is another popular name. Along with Auburn’s Thursday offer, Anderson has received offers from Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Arizona State in the last week. He is an unranked tight end at Arizona Western College who stands 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds.
Daniel Faalele almost certainly will be the largest human being Auburn offers this cycle. Faalele is a 6-foot-9, 390-pound offensive lineman who plays for IMG Academy (Fla.). He’s originally from Melbourne, Australia. Faalele has at least 11 offers, including Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Miami and Arkansas.
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