As a state, Florida has produced some amazing defensive backs in the last ten years: Vernon Hargreaves III, Matt Elam, and Keanu Neal at Florida, Artie Burns and Deon Bush at Miami, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at Alabama, and Mackensie Alexander at Clemson, to name a few.
However, the path for Jamien Sherwood might end up resembling another former Florida DB - that of Eric Striker, who ended up as a linebacker for the Oklahoma Sooners and was an All-American for two seasons there.
Striker, who was a three-star recruit back in the day, was recruited by Brent Venables because of something the coach saw in him. And a lot of coaches see something great in Jamien Sherwood, who’s been recruited by Miami, Florida, FSU, and many others. Michigan is trying to get in the mix, though, and Coach Don Brown sees him as a Viper in his defense.
“They are one of the schools who recruit me hard,” Sherwood said to MnB on Monday, but he admits they’ve come on strong to try and make a good impression.
As for what he’s looking for in a school, he cited playing opportunities, a good environment and defensive scheme as things he was looking for. But as far as position goes, he just wants to make plays.
“Linebacker or safety, it doesn't matter,” he said. “Either or, I'm down.”
Sherwood is currently planning on a December commitment, so there’s a lot more time left for him to make up his mind. But he reiterated something that a lot of recruits have been saying about Michigan’s campus and football program, that he’s been treated like part of the family through the entire process.