Football Prospect Talks Tigers And Championships

One of the top players in Mississippi talks about winning another state championship and gives his thoughts on the Auburn Tigers and other schools.

Waynesboro, Miss.--One of a talented trio of players from Wayne County High interested in Auburn says that the Tigers are among the schools he's considering for visits before signing day in February.

Athletic linebacker Steve Gandy has offers and interest from just about every major college in the South and tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he's looking to see how Auburn stacks up with the other teams on his list.

"Auburn is a good place to go and make it to the next level," Gandy says. "They have a pretty good team coming back. They are going to have a real good offense and on their defense they are losing a lot of players. I think I can go in and play there and I like that a lot about them. Plus I like that orange and blue and they are War Eagles and we're War Eagles, too."

Steve Gandy shows off the orange and blue of Wayne County High.

Gandy will make his first official visit of his five allowed trips this coming weekend when he travels to Tempe to visit the Arizona State Sun Devils. He is also looking at Alabama, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee in addition to Auburn and Arizona State, but hasn't decided 100 percent on which schools he'll visit and when.

"I haven't really set my other visits up," Gandy says. "I've got some dates in mind. I'm going to have to go home and sit with my mother and think about it and see. I'm going to visit Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and probably Tennessee."

Along with defensive end teammate Cedric Jones, Gandy helped lead Wayne County to the state championship last weekend in impressive fashion with a 30-3 win over Oxford. For the season the 6-1 1/2, 193-pounder had more than 150 tackles plus 12 sacks from his outside linebacker position. Finishing the season 14-1 and winning back-to-back titles is something Gandy was obviously overjoyed about accomplishing.

"It's one of the best feelings in the world," Gandy says. "They only had one first down in the first half. They wouldn't have scored, but they returned an interception to our 20 and got a field goal. Other than that they wouldn't have scored. We played real good defensively."

Because of his speed teams are looking at Gandy at both linebacker and safety, but he says as long as he can get on the field it doesn't matter where he plays. Because of his size he could play either position on the next level, but it's going to depend on how much he works in the off-season and heading into next fall.

"I'm going to concentrate on making my decision," Gandy says of his upcoming plans. "That and I'm going to run track and play tennis. I think I'm going to do that, but it depends. I'm thinking I might play, but I really, really, really need to hit the weights hard.

"If I stay this size I want to play strong safety, but a lot of the coaches are saying I'm going to grow and get bigger," he adds. "When I get bigger I'll be more than happy to step down and play linebacker. Right now I'm a little light for people weighing 245 to run solo at me."

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