Speedy Receiver Enjoys Visit

Wide receiver Ralph Spry talks about his weekend visit to Auburn and where else he's looking.

Auburn, Ala.--After having one of the best seasons for any receiver in Alabama this year, Auburn High wide receiver Ralph Spry has finally started getting attention from schools looking for a playmaker at the position.

One of the colleges showing interest late in the game is the hometown Auburn Tigers. This weekend Spry visited Auburn officially and says that although he already knew a lot about the campus and program it was fun to see a different side of things.

"Everything went real good," Spry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I pretty much saw everything on the entire campus. Everything was real nice. I liked all the players. They were just like my friends because they liked to joke around a lot. The visit was definitely a 10."

Redshirt freshman receiver Terrell Zachery was Spry's player host on his official visit. The 5-11, 165 Spry says that he particularly enjoyed getting a chance to hang out with current Auburn players. There was only one part of the weekend that disturbed him and that was his chance meeting with big defensive lineman Greg Smith.

"We got along great," Spry says. "He was real cool. All of the players were great. They joke around and have fun. I hung around Mike Blanc. I got to meet Tim Hawthorne and Greg. He was a real big guy. We were playing the X-Box against Mike Blanc and someone asked who was winning. I turned around and all I saw was big. He's a big guy with huge shoulders."

Spry had a load of highlight reel catches as a senior for the Tigers.

The son of highly successful Auburn track and field coach Ralph Spry, he has grown up in Auburn and had many chances to see the campus and facilities. Still, he says that seeing everything up close and personal this weekend was a new experience for him because being a busy high school athlete left him little time to explore on the university campus.

"I just saw a lot of new stuff because I usually don't drive on or around the campus," Spry says. "We toured the campus and I got to see a lot of the buildings where I would be taking classes."

Still waiting on an offer from the Tigers, Spry will take an official visit to Alabama State next weekend with a trip to UAB the following week also a possibility. Following a visit with coach Tommy Tuberville Sunday morning, Spry says he has a much clearer feel now for his plans as far as Auburn is concerned.

"We just talked about getting me here and about how much I wanted to come here for me and my parents," Spry says. "He said they may have a scholarship because sometimes they have one in August. He said he didn't really know about that right now, but I could also grayshirt maybe and get a scholarship next year. Just to go to Auburn would be exciting."

As a senior Spry caught 49 passes for more than 1,000 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Many of his catches came on great plays from Spry and diving grabs were the norm for the speedy receiver. He says that his development as a receiver is something that he spent a lot of time on and he hopes it continues to pay off down the road.

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