TAMPA – Jermaine Eskridge has only two career catches in his high school career, but currently he holds offers from 44 Division-I programs. The wide receiver/cornerback is set to start his first season at Jefferson after sitting out his sophomore year due to a transfer issue from Alonso.
At 6’3″, 190 lbs., Eskridge is a load as an offensive weapon whether he lines up outside, in the slot or in the backfield. He says he transferred to Jefferson simply because he felt he was playing the wrong position as a defensive lineman/safety in the box at Alonso.
In the spring jamboree on May 19, he made his presence felt with an impressive touchdown grab against Robinson (video here). He says it felt great to be back out on the field.
“I was hyped when I scored,” Eskridge said. “It’s great that I scored, now I got that out of the way.”
In the two quarters of play against both Plant and Robinson defenses keyed in on Eskridge often double teaming him. When asking if he’s worried about facing double teams this season, he didn’t seem concerned.
“That’s why I moved to the slot a couple times. On the outside, they had a safety over the top in the corner.”
Eskridge is lucky to have a standout quarterback in rising senior and Miami commit Cade Weldon on his side. Weldon sat out the spring game but was on the sideline passing the entire game. Eskridge says he feeds off the energy and seriousness that Weldon brings every day.
“Cade and I have great vibes on and off the field. On the field, he has a high work ethic. He always tells me not to worry about it and get to the next play…
“Off the field, we go to the performance compound and we go on a lot of college visits together. He’s a great man and a great player.”
Eskridge is a guy packed with poise and it is fun to watch. He says he gained full confidence in his game in the very first practice this spring.
“When I got out there, I knew I was going to play. I knew it was going to be a big season for me. I just got the boost and felt confident in myself. Right now, I don’t feel like anyone can stop me.”
The offers keep piling in for him as 44 offers as Arkansas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Notre Dame, LSU and Texas Tech have all offered in the last week. The four schools that he says standout to him are Alabama, Oregon, Florida and Miami.
He says it is a long process so he’s going to wait until February 3rd of his senior year to make his final decision. The love for UF is something noticeable though as he donned a Gators towel during the spring jamboree.
“Half of my family are Gator fans. Everybody wants me to go to the school. Our fans, our coaches and my parents want me to go to the Swamp. The Florida coaching staff has shown me the most love.”
Eskridge went to a summer camp at UF last year and attend two games as well. The SEC is infatuated with what he can do on the field as Auburn is the lone school yet to extend an offer his way. He says earning that many offers from the SEC is a big deal.
“Most likely I see myself playing in the SEC.”
Here are just some of his other impressive offers: North Carolina, Florida State, Arizona, Tennessee, Louisville and Maryland.
Eskridge started his football career at age 4 playing quarterback, where he said he ran a lot of read option. In his first year in pads, he moved to cornerback and then in his final year of little league he made the move to wide receiver.
He said a good amount of his offers are looking at him to play cornerback including Michigan State and Florida State. Missouri, Alabama and Michigan are just some of the schools who see him as a running back.
In the first game this season, Eskridge expects to start off at running back before moving to wide receiver. He says his biggest strengths are his ability to attack the ball and run routes. He’s looking to stay in the weight room 24/7 this summer.
Eskridge’s height is evident when he lines up at wideout. He uses it to his advantage.
“With my height, it’s easy for me to get over the top of defensive backs and get past them. I have long strides.”
His uncle John Eskridge, a former defensive end at Southern Mississippi in the late 90’s serves as his biggest role model.
“He played in the NFL for a couple months. He tells me to stay focused, stay positive, have great grades and stay on the books. He stresses to not take any days off in order to get to the next level.”
Eskridge has high hopes for this season aiming to top the 1,000 yard mark and 13 touchdowns. Off the field, he wants to show the young kids how to be in his shoes and be a good role model.
His energy is contagious. He’s always smiling and having fun out there. With a missed sophomore season behind him, Eskridge out to prove he can do it all this season for the Dragons.
Jermaine Eskridge has drawn notice from big-time college programs because he has the ability to score everytime he touches the ball on offense. He’s versatile and can help anywhere on the field. Eskridge will be fun to watch this season.
Favorite players to watch – Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell and CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson WR Artavis Scott
Playlist before games – Kodak Black “Boss My Life Up”, Chief Keef “Get Your Mind Right”, Meek Mill (Dreamchasers album)
Favorite movies – Remember the Titans, When the Game Stands Tall, The Little Rascals, The Interview
Favorite TV shows – Scandal, Power, Empire
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I’m a comedian. On and off the field I just love to laugh and have fun.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “EJ2″
Game film: Eskridge’s Hudl tape
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) May 20, 2016
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