Kearse has big shoes to follow

Everywhere he goes, Jayron Kearse has the shadow of someone else in front of him.

First it was his uncle, three-time Pro Bowler Jevon Kearse. Then it was his cousin, current NFL cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

Now, the former safety and quarterback is following in the footsteps of Clemson standout receiver Sammy Watkins, who went to South Fort Myers (Fla.).

Kearse transferred to South Fort Myers in January, and the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is expected to play receiver this fall. But the former Auburn and current Miami commit isn't trying to live up to Watkins' standard, and he has had valuable voices in his ear throughout the process.

My cousin told me to base my decision on all aspects of college — the school, the environment and academics, not just football. Hearing it from him helps a lot. He never told me one time about going to The U. He said to pick the school that fits me the best. My uncle was basically the same. Jevon has told me to stay humble through the whole process. I don’t want to make it seem like I’m better than anybody else.

To read more on Kearse, check out Jon Maloney's interview.