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Javonte “Sherm” Sherman is a 6’1 170-pound wideout outta the winningest high school football team in the country, Valdosta High School. Sherm is a senior for the ‘Cats and after a an impressive junior campaign, he looks to finish 2020 with similar numbers, but a different ending.
Sherm finished 2019 with 1,156 yards receiving on the year from recent Florida Sate commit, Tate Rodemaker. The ‘Cats would end 2019 with a playoff run and a 10-3 record.
This fall, the Wildcats are off to a hot start with a 2-1 record; their only loss coming from 7-A Colquitt County.
Despite the loss, Sherm feels like this is their year. “As a team, I think we will be able to go all the way,” Sherm said. “I feel like we will win the state championship. We have very good talent on both sides of the ball. I think that will play a major role in winning it all.”
Lofty goals for the talented playmaker.
Sherm and the rest of the ‘Cats were able to bring in a new coaching staff this fall; one completely different from a season ago. The Wildcats hired former Colquitt County head ball coach, Rush Propst, as their new man in charge. Sherm had some insights on what it’s like playing for a legend of high school football.
“Playing for Coach Propst is one of the best things, to be honest,” Sherm said. “I mean he’s a very smart coach. He knows what he is dong. Any player would die for the chance to play for him.”
It sounds like Sherm has bought in to Propst and all he can offer.
Going into his junior year, Sherm was an unknown commodity. He had gotten some playing time his sophomore campaign, but he did not get as much. All of that changed when he exploded onto the scene in 2019.
Sherm became the favorite target of Tate Rodemaker and his former offensive coordinator, Josh Crawford, was able to use him in a number of ways. This helped Sherm to have offers start to roll in.
At the time that we talked, Sherm had 25 total offers. He currently holds offers from Power 5 teams like Tennessee, Washington State and Wake Forest.
Going from unknown to being a 3-star has to be an adjustment for anyone, especially in such a short amount of time like Sherm did, but he is handling it well.
“The recruitment process is crazy,” Sherm said. “When I first started getting recruited as a wideout, it felt unreal. Simply because this is something that I have always dreamed of. Now, it’s here and it’s like, what’s my next step?! But overall, the recruitment process is very fun.”
“Right now, I’m committed to East Carolina. I committed over the summer on June 4th. It feels great to be committed to a school. Somewhere that you know that you will have a good coaching staff. That plus a good team (family) that is 100% behind you.”
Sherm is poised to have another great season. He is preparing to face crosstown rival, the Lowndes Vikings, in the Winnersville Classic this Friday night. The Wildcats have not beaten the Vikings since 2016, when they made their championship run. Sherm and the rest of the Wildcats hope to end that streak.