Chip Lindsey’s first offer also turned out to be his first commitment.
Auburn extended an offer to 3-star tight end John Samuel Shenker on Monday, just two days after announcing Lindsey as the new offensive coordinator. Shenker opted to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend and said beforehand Auburn had a solid chance to land him over Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and FAU.
The Tigers sealed the deal Sunday. Shenker committed to Auburn to become the 20th commitment in the 2017 class.
Shenker played his senior season at Colquitt County (Ga.), the home of former Hoover (Ala.) coach Rush Propst. Propst’s connection to Lindsey stems from their Hoover days when Lindsey served as offensive coordinator on Propst’s staff.
Lindsey targeted Shenker immediately after last week’s official visit weekend in a calculated move to secure a tight end rather than a fullback for the team’s H-back role.
The commitment bring Shenker’s recruitment full circle. Shenker committed to the Tigers as a sophomore, but as a baseball player. Shenker decided to stick to football during his junior year and forced him to de-commit from Auburn.
A year and a half later, he has landed at his dream school.
“Well it’s kind of funny that it happened this way,” Shenker said earlier this week. “Oh, I was so happy (about the offer). It’s a great school. It’s the school I always wanted to go to when I was a young little boy. It was a great feeling. … I didn’t think it would happen as a football player.”
With the new commitment, Auburn remains at No. 10 in the team recruiting rankings, but the Tigers close some ground on No. 9 Texas A&M.
Shenker is the No. 95 tight end in the nation, though the addition might end up bringing more value as an H-back blocking type. Salvatore Cannella will likely be the pass-catching figure at tight end in the 2017 class.
That lines up with Shenker’s role at the high school level.
“He said he thought I was a guy who could do a lot of different things. I can block down the field. I can block and be an H-back. I can be a tight end. They can split me out, so that what he’s looking for,” Shenker said before the visit. “I’m more of a H-back blocker. During my high school career, I’m mostly doing motion stuff at H-back. I’m more in the trenches.”