Tigers Lead For Talented Tight End

Auburn's season and Coach Al Borges' offense has had a big impact on this in-state standout.

Mobile, Ala.--One of Alabama's top prospects is scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend for the second of his three official visits he plans to take before making a decision. Athletic 6-3, 215 Gabe McKenzie from Davidson High in Mobile is one of the top players at his position in the South and he says that he's ready to visit Auburn this weekend to see his current favorite.

"Recruiting is basically going good," McKenzie tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Basically in the next two weeks I'm going to decide where I'm going to go. I'm coming to Auburn this weekend. Auburn is my leader because it's in-state and I like what they did with the tight end this year. I can see them utilizing the tight end even more in the future. It's exciting."

Gabe McKenzie was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp.

After visiting Alabama last weekend and with a visit scheduled to Miami (Fla.) on Jan. 21, things could change for the All-State selection. One thing he's certain of though is that his choice is pretty much now down to just two schools with both visits ahead of him.

"Alabama was number three, but it's basically just Auburn and Miami now," he says. "Some of the best tight ends come from Miami. The best tight ends in the NFL come from Miami."

Planning to make his decision following his Miami visit and not wait until signing day, McKenzie says several factors will play into that. One of the biggest will be the influence of his mother and he says there is no doubt where she wants her son to play college football.

"One of the factors I'll consider is being in-state," McKenzie says. "My mom wants me to stay in-state so she can go to my games. That's important to me. I've also seen Auburn practices in person and I can see myself playing next year. They're not much different from my high school practices, but they're bigger and stronger."

A standout at tight end, McKenzie had 26 catches for 367 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Running the ball more his senior season, the offense didn't get him the ball as much but he managed 15 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Although he's busy with recruiting, McKenzie still finds time to play basketball for Davidson and is the starting power forward for the team. Averaging around 12 points per game, he has a high of 18 this season for a team that hasn't lost in 2005.

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