Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, talk to Shedrick Jackson about George Pickens. Also, what does a scholarship offer look like?
From one Hoover (Ala.) receiver to another
Who has been potentially overlooked in Auburn’s recent flurry of commitments? That would be George Pickens.
Most recruiting fanatics are all-in on the 2018 recruiting class, where Auburn has a dozen or so spots left to fill and plenty of big fish left out there to catch. It’s sometimes easy to gloss over a 2019 prospect during the heat of the 2018 cycle.
Pickens deserves a re-examination.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound receiver is the No. 90 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s the 20th-ranked wide receiver in the nation and the third overall player in the state of Alabama. Plus, he goes to Hoover High (Ala.), which has more championship pedigree than any high school in the state.
That means Auburn fans in the Birmingham area should swing by Hoover on Friday nights to get a double dose of future Tigers wide receivers. Pickens and Shedrick Jackson will both suit up for Auburn in the future. This season, they’ll show what they can do at the high school level.
Jackson thinks Auburn will love what it’s getting in Pickens.
“I knew [his commitment] was coming. We talked about it. I just didn’t know when he was going to do it, but I knew he was,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. You get teams that usually focus on one player. Now you’ve got to deal with him and me and we’ve got running backs and other weapons.”
Jackson and Pickens bring different skill sets to the offense.
The 2018 commit’s body is already close to college ready, but he’s not a highly-ranked guy. Pickens’ lanky frame could use a little bit of work, but his projection his much higher than his older teammate.
Jackson has high expectations for his younger teammate.
“He’s really good, I’m telling you. He’s really long. His body type, he’s just another freak athlete, so it’ll be pretty good.”
What does your scholarship offer look like?
On Aug. 1, NCAA rules allow college programs to send official written scholarship offers to 2018 targets.
That means all the verbal offers extended throughout the cycle lose meaning, and prospects find out how legitimate those offers are. Programs don’t hesitate sending out these offers. In the new media age, recruiting departments send out fancy, direct-messaged graphics that signify the official scholarship.
Check out Auburn’s and some of the other offer graphics from across the country.
— v8 (@V8Blazing) August 1, 2017
Official! 🐶 pic.twitter.com/BJqYUsS6Js
— Warren Ericson (@warericson54) August 1, 2017
— Andres Fox (@AndresLFox9) August 1, 2017
— Cameron Latu🌴 (@cameronlatu40) August 1, 2017
— Jordan Davis‼️ (@jlpdavis99) August 1, 2017
— Akeem Hayes9️⃣ (@9GoLive) August 1, 2017
— JEROME CARVIN7️⃣4️⃣ (@JeromeCarvin) August 1, 2017
— quon (@anderson_quon) August 1, 2017
— PS2 (@SurtainJr) August 1, 2017
— Jake Kradel (@JakeKradel) August 1, 2017
— Jemaurian Jones (@TheJJones_6) August 1, 2017
Official offer🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/OdfmsIQX3J
— Telly Mac (@KwantelRaines) August 1, 2017
— Quincy Patterson II (@quincy_qb1) August 1, 2017
— Thomas Booker (@TheThomasBooker) August 1, 2017
— Cameron Brown® (@luh_cam_) August 1, 2017