2013 Lineman Talks Auburn Camp, Offer

Derwin Gray from Dunbar High in Washington, DC talks about the Auburn Tigers.

Washington, D.C.--Dunbar High School two-way player Derwin Gray's meeting with Coach Gene Chizik made his trip to attend Auburn's one-day camp a memorable one after all Chizik extended a verbal offer to the class of 2013 standout, who is projected to play either offensive tackle or on the defensive line in college.

"It's an honor right now," said Gray of meeting Chizik. "I'm really truly blessed to be have this opportunity to stand in front of Coach Chizik and really shake his hand and talk to him man to man."

The versatile 6-foot-5, 265-pound athlete also talked had the opportunity to talk to other Auburn coaches, including defensive coordinator Ted Roof and safeties coach Tommy Thigpen.

"First time I've come to visit at Auburn—seeing the campus, getting to talk to the coaches, seeing how they really feel about me and everything," he said. "Right now, they feel really good about me. I have good footwork, they say, and that I'm their type of guy because I have great courage, I'm humble and also real serious about football, and they like guys like that because they like to win championships like they did last year."

Gray said while there is a lot to like about the Tigers the coaching staff is what separates Auburn from other schools he has visited.

"They teach everything as one," he said. "All of them are going to tell you the same thing. They just love football players and love people that are dedicated to football so they win another national championship."

Gray said he's not quite ready to name anyone his leader as he's still early in the recruiting process, but there is little question Auburn made an impact on him.

"I'm real comfortable around them right now, but I still got to learn some more about Auburn," Gray said. "I just can't say, ‘Auburn, that's my top school right now just because they won a national championship' because every school isn't for everybody.

"As I get to know them better, get a better relationship with Coach Chizik I'm going to start seeing how I really feel about Auburn," he added.

The junior defensive lineman, who counts six verbal offers from Auburn, Michigan State and Rutgers, among others, said he has no favorites right now and doesn't have any timeline for a decision.


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