"The visit went real good," Gandy says. "I loved it. Auburn is a nice place. I came in on Friday. I had a good time with the players Saturday night. I had a good time today (Sunday) talking to Coach Tuberville. I liked everything about it."
Gandy, who is coming off a big senior season in which he helped his Wayne County War Eagles to the state football championship, says that defensive lineman T.J. Jackson was his player host and he likes the big noseguard and the other players he spent time with on the visit. "I met Cadillac (tailback Carnell Williams), Jay Ratliff, Timmy Duckworth and Spencer Johnson," he notes. "I met a lot of Auburn players."
Gandy, who says he is interested in majoring in physical education, met with academic advisers at Auburn and toured the campus. He also took in a dominating victory by the Tigers. "I went to the basketball game and it was a pretty good one," he says. "Auburn got after Ole Miss. After that we went out to eat with the players and the hosts and hostesses. We had a real good time."
The linebacker is scheduled to be on the Ole Miss campus later this month for his fourth official visit. He took a trip across the country for an official visit to Arizona State prior to Christmas. "I have Alabama next week, then Ole Miss the week after that and then Tennessee," he says.
As a senior, the 6-1 1/2, 193-pounder with sub 4.5 speed finished with more than 150 tackles plus a dozen quarterback sacks from his outside linebacker position. He played a major role for the second season in back-to-back state titles for the War Eagles, who were 14-1 this past season. "It was a really great season," he says. "I was impressed with my team."
Gandy is being recruited by colleges as both a linebacker and safety. He has the frame to add more weight and says either position is fine with him. If he gets a lot bigger, linebacker is where he expects he will play. If he stays near his current weight, Gandy figures he will be a strong safety.
Gandy, who also competes in track and tennis for Wayne County High, has been seriously interested in the Tigers since attending a football camp on the AU campus after his junior season. He says he doesn't know when he is going to make his college choice, but notes that the Tigers have a great chance. "Auburn is definitely up after my visit," he says.