The accolades have poured in for Jashawn Sheffield since he began playing football at Frederica Academy. He’s been an Georgia Independent School Association all-region and all-state selection several times but on Tuesday, he officially added all-American to the growing list of accomplishments.
Sheffield accepted his Under Armour All-America Game jersey during a ceremony Tuesday at the school. The game splits 100 of the top-rated high school football prospects in the country into two teams and is slated for Jan. 3 in Orlando. The game will broadcast live on ESPN2.
“I’m just blessed,” said Sheffield, who has committed to play at Auburn along with teammate Jaylin Simpson next year. “I’m glad I got this opportunity to play with my guys again. I’m glad they saw something in me and selected me among the few people that get selected for it.”
The Under Armour All-America Game has featured some of the best high school players in the nation who would go on to shine on the bigger stages of college and the NFL including current Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and former Georgia receiver and current Cincinnati Bengal A.J. Green. Sheffield used to spend his time searching the internet for highlights from stuff like the Under Armour game. Soon, he will have a younger generation searching for his highlights.
“I used to look at all the highlights on Instagram and YouTube, wishing I could be in that game,” Sheffield said. “Now, I’m actually in that game.”
Sheffield is the first Isles recruit to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. Former Brunswick High offensive lineman D’Antne Demery was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2016.
“I think for the community, and Glynn County in general, it’s a big deal,” said Brandon Derrick, Frederica’s head football coach. “It’s a great honor for us. I think it speaks volumes about where we started, what our goals have been and not losing sight of what we’re trying to do here at Frederica — make better men. When we started, we didn’t know where we would be and right now, we’re doing some special things.”
While Sheffield has shown the ability to wow crowds on the field with his play — whether it’s lining up at running back, receiver or on defense — Derrick said he stands out just as much off the field.
“He’s a great kid. He’s got a million dollar smile too,” Derrick said. “He’s just an outstanding young man, and he’s still working hard.”
In a recent film session when Derrick asked who could line up in a slot and block for a specific play, it was Sheffield who stepped up to the challenge.
“He’s never been the guy that’s wanted the spotlight,” Derrick said. “We could play a Friday night game and not throw him a ball, and he’d still going to play hard regardless. Neither the offense or defense is designed to revolve around Jashawn. He’s a player in the system, and a big-time player. In the back of my mind we need to get him the ball but he would never say a word. He’s an unselfish kid.”
The Knights are 5-2 so far this season and undefeated in GISA Region 2-3A play. Frederica is at home Friday night against Trinity Christian. Sheffield knows there are critics of his squad, but he is determined to bring home a state championship back to Frederica to close his career.
“Everybody’s been talking a little trash, thinking we’re not the real deal,” Sheffield said. “That’s hyping me up. It’s my last year here, I don’t want to have any regrets.”