Prospect From the Panhandle Likes Tigers

A football prospect from Florida discusses recruiting and his interest in Auburn.

Fort Walton Beach, Fla.--Jake Goray has emerged as one of the top tight end prospects in North Florida this year.

At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, Goray finished his junior season with eight catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. He also served as the team's punter, averaging 36.3 per kick. Goray talked about his talents at the tight end position.

"I'm real versatile," said Goray, who was on the Auburn campus this past weekend. "I can block, catch, and run. A lot of guys at this level only do one of those. I split out and play receiver some. I've played fullback before. I can do both."

Goray, who also plays basketball, has been playing on the varsity team since his ninth grade year. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore. Throw in the fact that he also plays basketball and carries a 4.2 GPA (24 ACT score) and you see why a lot of Division I programs are recruiting him.

"UCF has been recruiting me pretty hard and we received an e-mail from the coach saying they'll send my offer when they get my transcripts. That's real rewarding because it shows that all this hard work is paying off."

The Knights were the first of what will probably be many offers. "My top five are Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Florida State and UCF," he said. "UCF may have the upper hand because of the offer, but I can't say that I have a favorite."

Goray wasn't able to attend the All-American Combine in Jacksonville Sunday because he took in A-Day spring game scrimmage at Auburn instead. He's high on the Tigers.

"I've been there several times now," he said. "I always enjoy it. The coaches are really nice and it's just a great place. Auburn is definitely right up there."

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