December 20, 2010

Jernigan Has Top Three

With the regular season over, college coaches are taking advantage of the contact period by visiting their top prospects. Despite recently naming a top three, Lake City (FL) defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan played host to a number of programs, according to his coach Craig Howard.

"He's narrowed it down to three schools: Florida State, Alabama, and LSU," Howard said. "Last week was a pretty hectic week from a standpoint of a BCS school was either in the home or by the school every day. Coach (Nick) Saban had an in home visit last week. Coach (Teryl) Austin at Florida came before Urban Meyer stepped down and then he came again with the new staff. Michigan, who seems to be out of the running, was there with Coach Rod Smith. Mark Stoops from Florida State came by, as well as Ed Orgeron from USC."

The process doesn't appear to be over for Jernigan.

"Tim has visited Michigan, USC, and LSU, so he has two visits left, which he'll take in January after he plays in the Army All-American Bowl on the 8th," said Howard. "It's looking like those two visits will be to Alabama and Florida State. He plans on waiting until signing day."

Jernigan had an outstanding year for Columbia High, flashing the ability to play in multiple positions at the next level.

"We had a young team and he was our best player," Howard said. "He had 33 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries and 1 interception. I think he can play multiple positions. He played in a odd front for us as a nose tackle, but with his speed he could be a defensive end or a three technique in a 4-3 scheme. I think he wants to play in an even scheme (four man front), but most college teams are so multiple now, he could play a little bit of everything. He's drawn so many double and triple teams in high school, playing in an even scheme is attractive to him." ranks Jernigan as the 41st best player nationally and the 3rd best defensive tackle.

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