Visit To Auburn Eye-Opening For Gray

One of the country's top prep quarterbacks made a visit to Auburn on Monday and says that the Tigers are definitely in the running after he got a chance to check out the facilities and coaching staff one-on-one.

Auburn, Ala.--For Columbia, Missouri prep quarterback Logan Gray this year has already been a whirlwind of travel and visits all over the country.

He's been to Georgia, Florida, Kansas State, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas to check out colleges on his initial list. Monday he added the state of Alabama to his destinations as he was on the campus of Auburn University to check out Tommy Tuberville's Auburn Tigers.

Rated as one of the country's top passers, the 6-2 1/2, 175 Gray has offers from Auburn, Georgia, Florida, California, Tennessee, Texas A&M and many others. While he's had the opportunity to check out just about all of his favorites, Gray says that the trip to Auburn really made him stand up and take notice of the Tigers.

"I think I really had a great impression put on me by Auburn," Gray tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was a positive, good visit and things really went smooth. I'm glad I had a chance to come down there. It was definitely an eye-opening experience.

"They're definitely up there at the top," Gray adds on where the Tigers stand on his list of schools. "They are going to be in it until the end I would say. The visit went really well and I'm glad I came down here. It will be interesting to see how the rest goes."

Hanging out with offensive coordinator Al Borges, Gray and his father took a tour of the campus and athletic facilities early Monday morning and into the afternoon. Growing up in the college town of Columbia, Gray says that he got a good feeling when checking out Auburn.

"Living in Columbia it's based on the whole university and I would say Auburn is the same way," Gray says. "The town might be just a little bit smaller, but it thrives off Auburn and Auburn football. It's definitely a good feeling and it's the type place I want to go to college with the college atmosphere.

"I wanted a chance to see the facilities up close and personal and get my eyes on everything with the campus and just the whole atmosphere at Auburn," he adds. "It was the first time I have ever been to Alabama before and I just wanted to see how everything was. It was also a time to get with the coaches and talk with them up close and personal and see what they're all about."

That time with the coaches meant spending a great deal of time with Borges. A coach with a laundry list of former quarterbacks that have earned All-Conference honors before heading to the NFL, Borges made an impression on Gray in their time spent together.

"I really like Coach Borges," Gray says. "He's a good guy that has been all over the country coaching. He's coached in four different conferences and has tons of experience and that's definitely a good thing. Anybody that has put numerous different quarterbacks in the NFL is someone I'm going to open my eyes to and recognize that he's got a very good background of developing quarterbacks."

One thing that Gray says really caught his eye was Auburn's facilities. Constantly upgrading in an effort to keep up with teams in the SEC, Auburn has first-rate practice and locker room facilities and that didn't go unnoticed.

"I was really impressed," Gray says. "The practice fields are unbelievable. They have the four fields and they're just in perfect shape. The weight room was huge. It was all really nice. That's not going to be the deciding factor in my decision, but it's definitely something you want to take into account."

A very good student who should have no problem qualifying next season, Gray says that he's also looking for a college that will challenge him academically. That seems to be good news for Auburn as the football program was recently honored as the top public institution in the country for its academic performance.

"They had the number three APR in the country and they're up there with Harvard and some others schools," Gray says. "That's definitely very impressive. My dad pushes me very hard and cares a whole bunch about my academics and getting my degree. That's definitely a good selling point for them and something we both feel strongly about."

Gray will get to make his second trip to Alabama later this month as he and his teammates will return to Hoover to play in a 7-on-7 tournament on Hoover High School. After that Gray will travel to California to compete in the Elite 11 Passing Camp. Getting his invitation recently, Gray says that he's excited about the opportunity to showcase his skills against the best of the best.

"It was very exciting," Gray says. "That's a pretty prestigious deal these days. For high school quarterbacks that's kind of what everybody thinks about. It was a good feeling to get invited. I'm going to keep working hard but it feels good."

Before heading home Gray and his father will travel to Athens, Ga., to check out the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday. After that it will be back to work for Gray as he and his teammates look to make a preseason number one rating stand up on the way to a state championship. While he said he's not 100 percent sure, Gray says that he hopes to make a final decision on his future during the month of August.

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