Nation's No. 1 Football Prospect Talks Tigers

Five-star DT Rashan Gary talks about his visit to Auburn, what stands out about the Tigers, and when he plans to return.

The top ranked player in the country on Scout, five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary made the rounds this week with visits to Ole Miss, Alabama and finally Auburn before heading back to New Jersey. Spending Friday night and Saturday on the Plains along with his mom and high school coach, Gary said the first look at Auburn went well.

“It was good,” Gary said of the trip. “I got in last night and spent the night in the dorms. I was talking to Byron Cowart, he was my roommate at The Opening last year. I was just asking him how he experience has been so far and right now he’s loving it.”

Expected to be an instant impact player for the Tigers, Cowart was a five-star prospect like Gary and one of the top players in the country. Having someone in the same boat as him last season to talk with and get the inside scoop about the Auburn program is something Gary said will be beneficial as he begins to narrow down his list later.

“It’s good because whatever the coaches are telling me I can trace it back to him and ask him if that’s real,” Gary said. “It’s good having a person here that can keep it real.”

In addition to learning more about Auburn’s defensive scheme with coordinator Will Muschamp and position coach Rodney Garner, Gary said he also had the chance to tour the facilities and get an idea of what life as a student-athlete is like at Auburn. That gave him a chance to see every area of the program and one of those stood out to him in a big way.

“It was just the academics and academic support,” Gary said. “It was basically about the system they have for me. I can see myself coming here and being one of the best defensive players there.”

Saying that he feels like the system would be a great fit for him, Auburn’s plans to be both a 4-3 and 3-4 team are right in the wheelhouse for the talented 6-4, 286 defensive lineman because of his versatility and quickness off the ball. While he added that he’s not sure exactly where Auburn fits on his list, he said he plans to give them another look when he returns next month.

“I just have to go back home and I have my pros and cons list,” Gary said. “I wrote notes and my mom wrote notes. We just have to compare them.

“I know for a fact I’ll have another trip back here,” he added. “I’m going to come back with my linebacker Drew Singleton, my defensive end Corey Bolds and a wide receiver. That’s in July.”

In addition to the Auburn trip, Gary also visited both Ole Miss and Alabama while on the visit and said both had some positives to look forward to as well.

“Ole Miss was good,” Gary said. “I spent the majority of the day with Coach (Chris) Kiffin and Robert Nkemdiche. Robert Nkemdiche is one of my favorite players and I watched his highlight tape. It was good seeing him in person and asking him questions.

“The Alabama visit was good,” he added. “I spent time with DaShawn Hand just picking his head seeing how he likes it since he’s been there for a couple of years now. I’m just taking it step by step and seeing what I can see.”

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