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Randon Jernigan is a Two-Sport Dynamo

By Barry Every
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For Randon Jernigan, one of the most prolific athletes in Brunswick prep sports history, the elusive state championship is his ultimate quest.

Most young athletes would be satisfied winning a Region Championship in baseball and football in the same academic year. But for Randon Jernigan, one of the most prolific athletes in Brunswick prep sports history, the elusive state championship is his ultimate quest. Brunswick (Ga.) Glynn Academy last won a Baseball State Title in 1973 and it’s only Football Title came in 1964, decades before Jernigan's birth.

Third year head coach Rocky Hidalgo has brought winning ways to Glynn Academy Football going (32-9) which includes two trips to the quarterfinals and an appearance in the 2015 State Championship Game. That three year span is the most successful in Red Terror history.

“The one thing that sets Randon apart from others is his competitiveness, he has a burning desire to win,” Hidalgo said. “It seems like he’s been playing forever, he has started on varsity since his freshman season. This young man has incredible speed and can really catch the football.”

As a junior Jernigan totaled 1,031 all-purpose yards while scoring eight touchdowns, but to really put his career into perspective one needs to look at his total offensive versatility and overall impact. Over the last three seasons he has completed 141 of 226 passes (62.4%) for 1,741 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 2,265 yards and 21 scores. That’s not all; he has also caught 32 passes for 487 yards and four touchdowns while returning 16 kicks for 399 yards and one score.

“There are guys in the league that Randon is similar too, like Patriot’s receivers Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan,” Hidalgo said. “Turn on his film and you’ll notice his big play potential immediately. He’ll  receive many more offers, I really don’t start keeping track of who has offered him until July, 1 when the offer letters go out.”

On the recruiting front Jernigan possesses more than 15 offers and that list seems to be growing daily. The school’s that have offered that are recruiting him the hardest right now are Appalachian State, Army, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern and Troy. He is also receiving heavy interest from Duke, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

“Three coaches have really done a great job recruiting me so far,” Jernigan said. “Coach Mitch Ware of Army, Gino Guidugli of Cincinnati and Chad Lunsford of Georgia Southern all keep in daily contact. They have all been showing a lot of love, but Coach Lunsford, I just love that guy - he’s great.”

There are handful of schools Jernigan would love to hear more from, mainly because they offer excellence on the gridiron and the baseball diamond. Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina and Stanford are the five schools that could offer him the complete college experience.

And for those schools listed above that require higher academic standards than the NCAA minimum, Jernigan is in play. Right now the two-sport star carries a 3.9 GPA and currently has a 22 on the ACT.

Jernigan’s baseball prowess has kept him from making unofficial visits this spring. The Red Terrors (22-8/9-3) just won their first Region Title in over 20 years and a long run in the GHSA playoffs is expected. Jernigan is currently batting an astonishing .479 with 29 stolen bases to his credit. The centerfielder has not made an error in over two years.

“Yeah, baseball could be a factor for me coming out of high school; the Angels and Orioles have contacted my high school and traveling coach,” Jernigan said. “I’ve actually been invited to participate this summer in the prestigious East Coast Pro Camp run my Major League Baseball scouts.”

So the only universities the speedster has been able to visit are Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern, it is unlikely he will make any other unofficial visits. Jernigan has also been unable to participate on the sprung camp circuit.

“I’ve had no chance to hit any of these regional camps this spring and I haven’t made up my mind about college one day camps either,” Jernigan said. “But if I do hit some one day camps, I think Clemson and North Carolina are two likely places.”

Spring football is out of the question unless the Red Terrors are upset in early rounds of the State Baseball Tournament. And if they make it to the GHSA-AAAAAA semifinals or the championship he will definitely miss the spring game versus crosstown rival Brunswick May, 19.

“It’s not going to be all on Randon this fall,” Hidalgo said. “He brings a lot to the table and will have to just go out and create plays, but he is not alone we have other athletes that will make major contributions to the team.”

Jernigan will be the full-time starting quarterback for the Red Terrors, a position he has not started at on a regular basis since his breakout freshman year at Brunswick (Ga.). That season he accounted for 2,198 total yards and 17 touchdowns.

“I’ll just have to do some of the things Deejay Dallas did last year,” Jernigan said. “I’ll have to get the team to jell together by being vocal and leading by example. As long as we jell, we will be as good as last year. Last year’s team was the most talented I have ever been on and we only made it to the quarterfinals. The year before we almost won it all with slightly less talent, teamwork is crucial.”

Unfortunately for college coaches, still weighing the decision to offer Jernigan, they may have to wait till August to see the fleet-footed dynamo of the Golden Isles break ankles. Leading his team to glory on the field of battle is the only thing that really matters to this young man right now.