WR to Check Out Auburn This Weekend

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Mobile, Ala.--Brandon Gibson notes that he grew up an Alabama fan and still has strong feelings for the Tide, but says the fact that Auburn's football program has had so much success during the Tommy Tuberville Era makes it important for him to check out the Tigers before he makes his decision on where he will attend college.

The 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver from UMS-Wright is one of 15 players scheduled to take official visits to Auburn this weekend.

"I am definitely interested in Auburn," Gibson says of the Tigers, who have won five straight games vs. their in-state rival Alabama. "Auburn is one of the top schools in the country and I want to check it out. There have been a lot of great players who have played for the Tigers and Auburn has sent a lot of players to the NFL. That is something to consider."

Gibson took his first official visit to check out the University of South Carolina in December and has another official visit set to childhood favorite Alabama on Jan. 19th.

"I grew up an Alabama fan and there has been a rumor going around that I am committed to play there, but that is not the case," he says. "I love the tradition at Alabama and I know a lot of people who go to school there so I am very interested in that program."

Commenting on South Carolina, he says, "I really like Coach (Steve) Spurrier. He is a great guy. One of my really good friends, Captain Munnerlyn, is on the team there and that is another reason I am interested in South Carolina. We grew up playing together."

Gibson says he may take a fourth official visit in late January. He is considering West Virginia, Ole Miss and Arkansas for that trip.

"Coach (Rick) Trickett is my recruiting coach for West Virginia and I like him," Gibson says. "He told me that they are looking for a big-play receiver and they could really use me there.

"Arkansas interests me because that is a college where I could compete in two sports. I am a triple jumper and compete in the Junior Olympics and I am interested in doing both in college. I understand they have great track and field facilities." Gibson says his best triple jump is 48 feet, seven inches.

The other college he is considering for a visit is Ole Miss. He notes the program is trying to rebuild under an enthusiastic coach, Ed Orgeron, and there is opportunity to contribute immediately in Oxford.

Gibson's UMS-Wright team made a strong run in the state playoffs, losing to a powerful Eufaula team in the semi-finals. "We were disappointed and we felt like we could have done better, but we did have a good season moving up to Class 5A this year where the competition was very tough."

Brandon Gibson

Gibson says he believes his strength as a receiver is his good hands. He played both ways as a senior, seeing action at safety when games were on the line. However, there is no doubt about which side of the ball he prefers to play on in college. "Wide receiver is my best position and that is where I plan to play."

Other uncommitted players expected to take official visits to Auburn this weekend include offensive tackle Lee Ziemba from Rogers, Ark., High, safety Michael McNeil from Davidson High in Mobile, tight end/athlete Nick Fairley from Williamson High in Mobile and defensive end Jabaal Sheard from Hollywood Hills High in Hollywood, Fla.

They will be joined by Auburn verbal commitments Michael Slade and Tim Lamb from Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla., offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey from Madison, Miss., Central High, tight end Bailey Woods from Walton High in Marietta, Ga., defensive end A.J. Greene from Brentwood, Tenn., Academy, tailback Enrique Davis from Mosley High in Lynn Haven, Fla., cornerback Ryan Williams from B.C. Rain in Mobile, wide receiver Quindarius Carr from Huntsville High, offensive line prospect Kyle Coulahan from Catholic High in Pensacola, Fla., and fullback John Douglas from Aquinas High in Augusta, Ga.



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