Q&A With AU Football Signee Gabe McKenzie

Tight end Gabe McKenzie discusses a variety of subjects.

We were able to catch up with busy tight end Gabe McKenzie. Here's what the 2005 Auburn football signee from Davidson High in Mobile had to say:

How did your high school football team do this past season?

"We went 9-3 which was pretty good since we had a new coaching staff."


Did you enjoy the recruiting process?

"It was fun. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the traveling. All the coaches calling all the time got old though."


Which schools did you consider?

"Florida, Miami, Alabama, LSU, and Auburn."


What did you like about each school?

"At Florida everything down there was good. I liked Miami because of the success of their program and they had three great tight ends. Alabama had a nice coaching staff. At LSU, I know some of their players and Baton Rouge is a fun place. Auburn is a place I've been going for the past four years and it felt more like home each time I went there."


Which college games did you attend this past season?

"The LSU, Arkansas and Georgia games at Auburn, Auburn at Alabama and Georgia at South Carolina."


Which Auburn player from this past season did you admire most?

"I admired a lot of them. Ronnie Brown, Stanley McClover, Cooper Wallace, Courtney Taylor, Jason Campbell and Junior Rosegreen."


What have you been up to since signing day?

"I'm working a part-time job, trying to keep my grades up, and lifting weights. I'm also working with a personal trainer once a week to improve my speed."


Are you on track to graduate?

"Yes sir."


What are your plans for the summer? "I'm going to continue training and preparing to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game."


Are you doing any workouts to get ready for the All-Star game and your freshman season at Auburn?

"I'm doing a lot of running drills, mainly working on my speed. I'm training with Robert McCune from Louisville and some other guys who are preparing for the NFL."


Who will be some of your teammates in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game?

"SenDerrick Marks, Antonio Coleman, Rex Sharpe, Montez Billings, Jerraud Powers, and Aubrey Bell from Blount."


When will you be going to Auburn?

"I'll be reporting to Auburn on the Sunday after the All-Star game."


What do you hope to accomplish your freshman year at Auburn?

"I want to be All-SEC my freshman year and an All-American each year after that."


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