Auburn May Have the Wright Stuff for Big Gabe

Talented defensive line prospect Gabe Wright discusses his visit he made to check out the Auburn Tigers as AU defeated Georgia.

Columbus, Ga.--One of the South's top defensive line prospects, Gabe Wright, said he had another good visit to Auburn and pointed out the Tigers are still his leader.

The Carver High School senior said there is a lot he likes about the Tigers including the coaching staff and the players. "Auburn is still the leader," he said.

Commenting on what he likes about the program, he said, "Just stability. They haven't done anything wrong. It is going to take a big knockoff (not to sign with Auburn). It is going to take something bizarre.

"They look good on paper, they look good in real life," he said. "They are beating teams, the coaches are doing me right, they are doing their players right."

Wright said he is particularly impressed with Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, the former Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner. "Coach Rocker is a guy who will take care of his players," Wright said. "I hung out with Jeff Whitaker and Ray Drew. Coach Rocker cares about his players more than any coach I know of."

Jeffrey Whitaker is a freshman defensive tackle for the Tigers, Drew is one of the top prospects in the country who was in for an official visit.

Wright said he was impressed that Whitaker would take the time to hang out with him and Drew after Auburn's victory over Georgia. "He heard that me and Ray Drew were coming so he stayed," said Wright, who noted that Whitaker had planned to go home to see his family in Warner Robins, Ga. "It was a great weekend and it is the little things that count."

Gabe Wright

The defensive lineman said he believes that Drew had a good visit, too, and said he would like to play college football with him. "I would love for him to take three people and leave me on-on-one," Wright said. "He could take two or three. Having Jeff there, they are going to have to double Jeff. Jeff is an all-around good guy, Nosa is coming on strong. Jeff and Michael Goggans (senior defensive end) are battling it out. It looks good.

Wright also spent time at Auburn with his high school teammate, running back Isaiah Crowell, who has been leaning to Georgia and Alabama for a lengthy amount of time. "Isaiah enjoyed himself, he always does," Wright said. "I wish he would have stayed. His mother wasn't feeling well so they had to get back home, but I know he enjoyed himself. He liked all of the festivities and all of that, too.

"Auburn is always at another level when it comes to football," Wright said. "I took him in the locker room and he enjoyed the talking and the speech. He loved the way Cam Newton gave the game ball to Coach (Gene) Chizik just kind of saying ‘thank you' and showing him the players appreciate him. That shows the coach has been doing what he is supposed to."

Wright said he hopes that Crowell will make more trips to Auburn. "He needs to get his butt up (to Auburn) a lot more. I don't want to play against him...I told him he will have fun. It is a football town, Atlanta is not too far, his hometown is not too far. I know he will love it. When it comes down to it, I believe he will make the right choice."

Wright said he enjoyed the game as Auburn defeated Georgia 49-31. "The weekend went good. We handled business from a high school standpoint on Friday. I knew the weekend was going to bring in some top talent. I just really got a good chance to re-enact with the players after a big win, an emotional win. I have had my ups and downs with Georgia. I wasn't cheering, but I was clapping at times."

Crowell said he learned that the Auburn-Georgia game was once played at Memorial Stadium in Columbus where his Carver team plays. With the victory, the Tigers won the SEC West and a spot in the SEC Championship Game. "I am glad they locked up the SEC West and I know big things are going to be able to come. They should be able to handle business."

Wright said he plans to take an official visit to Auburn on Jan. 14th, but may announce his choice before then. Others on his list include FSU, Tennessee and Clemson and he is also planning a visit to UCLA on Dec. 4th for the Southern Cal at UCLA game.

"I am still just narrowing it down, I am still just having fun with it," he said. "It is only a couple more months, it is going to be over soon."

Wright said his focus is on helping Carver make another run at state title, something the team won his sophomore season.

"If you go on paper, we are lot better," he said of the 2010 team compared to the 2008 squad. "We have six shutouts. We are blowing people out. We scheduled the best and beat the best.

"Folks are saying our region isn't the hardest," he added. "If we don't make it to the Dome (Georgia Dome) and win it all, I guess you could believe in those standards. If we do (win the state title) I want everybody to get off our case. We moved down (in classification) because we had to, not because we wanted to. I am looking forward to it. I am not sure what is in store."

He said he does know that Carver High football is his priority right now. "That is more important than this recruiting," he said.

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