Five-star wide receiver Jashawn Sheffield was excited when four-star defensive back Jaylin Simpson, his teammate at Frederica Academy in Saint Simons Island, Ga., received a long-awaited offer from Clemson last week.
“It’s cool,” Sheffield told The Clemson Insider. “I was always wondering when it would happen. I’m happy for him. He deserves it. He’s balling right now.”
Sheffield and Simpson — a pair of prospects in the class of 2019 who combine for around three dozen scholarship offers — have built a close relationship with one another over the years.
“Best friends. He’s like my brother,” Sheffield said of Simpson.
Sheffield and Simpson competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp together in the summer of 2016.
The talented duo has talked about Clemson, and Sheffield said they are looking to visit Death Valley for a game this season.
“We have,” Sheffield said. “We want to get up there to visit.”
Sheffield, who collected an offer from Clemson when he was a sophomore in March 2016, is one of the Tigers’ top targets at his position in the next cycle.
Sheffield recently caught up with Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott.
“I talked to coach Scott,” Sheffield said. “(We talked about) coming on campus and the receivers that have played at Clemson and how they performed.”
Clemson is one of the schools Sheffield is highest on heading into his junior season.
“FSU is my leader and Clemson, UGA, Ohio State, Miami, and Florida follow,” he said.
Sheffield is ranked as a top-30 prospect regardless of position in the 2019 class per ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports.
Simpson, meanwhile, is ranked by ESPN as the No. 10 cornerback and No. 137 overall prospect in his class.
Above Picture: Frederica Academy teammates Jaylin Simpson (left) and Jashawn Sheffield