Gray Eager to Wear Navy and Orange

Raven Gray discusses his official recruiting visit to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's Auburn Tigers.

Wesson, Miss.--Rehab and academics are the focus for Auburn verbal commitment Raven Gray.

Rated a five-star football prospect by, the defensive end from Enterprise, Ala., and Copiah-Lincoln Junior College was in Auburn over the weekend for an official visit.

The defensive end had to make the rounds across the Auburn campus on crutches after suffering a knee injury in a game a week ago Thursday.

With a knee sprain that is expected to take six weeks to heal, the focus for Gray will be on doing well academically so he will be qualified to transfer to Auburn in time for spring semester classes. He originally signed with the Tigers as a senior at Enterprise High, but as a sign to place prospect who enrolled in junior college the spring of his senior year in high school.

"I am not going to have to get it cut on," Gray says of his knee injury. "I am out for the rest of the season so I am finished with juco football now."

Gray notes that he is disappointed his season was cut short, particularly the way it happened. "I got doubled a lot and I feel like some of the guys I played were trying to hurt me," he says. "Guys were high-lowing me all night. I did fairly good to be doubled as much as I was."

Auburn sophomore defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks was Gray's player host. "The official visit went good," Gray points out. "I enjoyed getting to know Sen'Derrick and guys like Tray Blackmon and Quentin Groves."

Gray says that he likes what he saw on the football field and notes he is eager to join the Auburn football team. He will have two seasons of eligibility starting with the 2008 season.

On his last visit to Auburn, an unofficial trip, he saw the Tigers turn the ball over five times in an upset loss to Mississippi State. On Saturday, the Tigers took care of business early vs. Vanderbilt, winning 35-7.

"They played good," he says of the Tigers. "Coach Muschamp (defensive coordinator Will Muschamp) got in their heads and those guys were out there playing fast on defense. Coach Muschamp said, ‘You have got to do that week in and week out.' I saw a lot of good things over on the defense."

Gray says he will be playing for Muschamp and defensive ends coach Terry Price in the not too distant future. "My academics are going good and I will graduate from junior college and be at Auburn in January," he says.

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