Speedy Linebacker Becoming Hot Prospect

One of the top linebackers in Mississippi is expected to check out the Auburn Tigers as they face Tennessee.

Waynesboro, Miss.--In today's fast-paced world of college football speed is at a premium on the offensive side of the ball. To match up with that teams have been forced to put better and better athletes on defense and that's what has Wayne County linebacker Steve Gandy so high on college wish lists around the South. A 6-2, 190-pound speedster with the ability to make plays all over the field, Gandy has been impressive his entire career and the schools have come calling in his senior season.

"It's been pretty busy, I guess, but it hasn't been that busy," Gandy tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of his recruitment this fall. "Everything is going good though, I'm enjoying it. I'm hearing from Arizona State, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee and LSU."

With offers from most of those schools, including Auburn, Gandy has his choice of schools in February and will have a chance to see most of them in person before decision time comes. A visitor to Auburn for a summer camp as well as Southern Miss, he has also been to games at Alabama and Ole Miss this fall in addition to a Southern Miss game and will make another trip this coming weekend to see a potential team in action.

"I'm coming to Auburn this weekend to watch them play Tennessee," Gandy says. "I have never been to a game there before and I'm really looking forward to it."

In a rare coincidence Gandy says he already feels like he has a bond with Auburn because his high school nickname is the "War Eagles" and they feature uniforms very similar to Auburn's familiar orange and blue outfits. That alone is something that intrigues Gandy, but he says there is plenty more to like about the Tigers and the university as a whole.

"It's a big school and a big atmosphere with 80,000-plus and that's a good thing," Gandy says. "They've got a good defense and we've got a good defense in high school. If I went there I know I would be leaving a good defense to go to another one."

Steve Gandy shows his "War Eagle" T-shirt.

Gandy also notes that the loss of linebackers Karlos Dansby and Dontarrious Thomas after this season makes Auburn a school to be dealt with in his decision making process.

A dominating defender on Mississippi's top team, Gandy has been outstanding this season from his linebacker position despite playing just two full games this season because his team has been able to build some depth by winning big. Through five games he has 52 tackles, four fumble recoveries, three sacks and one interception. Those numbers come following a junior season when he led Wayne County to a state championship with 127 tackles, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Gandy, who also runs the 100-meter dash in track and plays tennis for Wayne County, says his best 40-yard dash time is a 4.52 that he ran at Southern Miss over the summer. "I think I can get a 4.4," he says. When talking about a player like Gandy, there's not much you think he can't do when he sets his mind to it.

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