Auburn High vs. Wilcox Central

Auburn High receiver Tommy Nesmith (4) evades Wilcox Central's Mikell Johnson (20) en route to a touchdown in the first half. Auburn High vs Wilcox Central on Friday, Aug. 24 in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn High senior receiver Tommy Nesmith has grown up watching Auburn University football every Saturday. Now, he’ll go from being in the stands at Jordan-Hare Stadium to down on the field.

Nesmith accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Tigers on Wednesday. The 6-foot, 170-pound Nesmith will join the Tigers after a strong senior year at Auburn High in which he led the team with 37 receptions for 716 yards and seven touchdowns.

“I’ve been communicating with them all season, and I told them this is where I want to be. When they told me we can make it happen, I was very excited,” Nesmith said. “Cheering for Auburn my whole life and having my family all go to the university really helped me feel at home. I’ve always wanted to be a part of the team in some shape.”

Nesmith proved himself as a go-to target for Auburn High in 2018 and showed off his ability on more than one occasion.

The senior shined against Smiths Station on Oct. 12, recording seven receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks later, Nesmith reeled in a 24-yard touchdown against eventual Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City.

Nesmith said the catch against the Red Devils was his favorite moment of his senior year. He added being able to go out and play with his friends is just one of the reasons he loves the game, and he thanked his teammates for helping him as much as they did.

Auburn High head coach Adam Winegarden credited Nesmith for the role he played for the Tigers in their 10-win season.

“I think he had a really good year for us and obviously made some big plays in games that helped our team be successful. One thing he really brought to the table was he was really good with the football after the catch,” Winegarden said. “They're getting a great young man that is really dedicated to the game and has a lot of potential as a wide receiver. He has really good speed and quickness.

“I think they're going to have a guy that loves Auburn and wants to be a productive member of the team.”

Nesmith said his family has always had season tickets to Auburn University football games, which has allowed him to be in attendance for many of the Tigers’ biggest moments over the years. He was there when quarterback Cam Newton led the Tigers’ 2010 national title run, and he also witnessed Auburn’s Prayer at Jordan-Hare over Georgia as well as The Kick Six over Alabama in 2013.

Nesmith has made countless memories as an Auburn fan. Now, he’ll get the chance to make more while representing the orange and blue.

“In whatever way they decide to use me, I’ll do it with full effort. Wearing that uniform will definitely be an accomplishment for me,” Nesmith said. “They will get my all in whatever situation I am put in. Whatever I can do to help the team, I’ll do it the best that I can.”

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