Panhandle Prospect Seriously Interested in AU

Tight end Jake Goray is getting looks from big-time programs all over the Southest.

Fort Walton Beach, Fla.--Six-foot-five, 245-pound tight end prospect Jake Goray of Choctawhatchee High School has a pair of early offers and is getting attention from several other schools.

"I have offers from Florida International and Central Florida," Goray notes. Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Georgia Tech are among other schools in contact with Goray, who spent this weekend in Orlando on the UCF campus.

The Golden Knights are one of several schools that Goray has traveled to in recent weeks.

"So far I've been to Alabama--I went to the junior day and saw practice up there--and I went to junior day at Auburn and saw the A-Day game," he says. "I went to Florida State and watched them scrimmage.

"They were great," he adds about his visits to Tuscaloosa, Auburn and Tallahassee. "Each school is very well prepared and organized. I had a great time at each place. Each place has something different to offer and certainly they each have their own features and stuff like that. I had a great time and I'm enjoying the recruiting process."

Goray adds that he'll either go to Georgia Tech's junior day or Florida State's spring game next weekend.

Growing up in Atlanta before moving to the Gulf Coast in 1999, Goray says he's always been an Auburn fan and is being recruited by tight ends coach Steve Ensminger.

"Growing up it was Auburn," he says. "It's been Auburn most of my life.

"Usually we try to e-mail each other a couple of times a week," Goray says about his relationship with Ensminger. "And we got to talk when I was up there. I got to give him some film and all that good stuff."

Even though he's a fan of the Tigers, that doesn't mean that Auburn is his leader right now with so much time left until a final decision has to be reached.

"The early offers are great and I really do appreciate those, and obviously I'm going to consider those," he says of his offers from FIU and UCF. "I'm not holding out for anybody right now and I'm keeping it open.

"I wouldn't say that I'm waiting on an offer from anybody," Goray adds. "We haven't had spring practice yet so we haven't had the opportunity to let some of these college coaches come through and check us out and see me play up close and personal.

"I wouldn't say I'm holding out just yet, but like I said, I'm just staying focused on the senior year. I know the offers will come and everything will take care of itself."

Goray caught eight passes for 160 yards last season and is also keeping busy this spring on the weight lifting team and the track team, where he throws the shot put.

He benches 325, squats 400 and says he'll play on both sides of the ball as a senior.

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