AU Offer Surprises Small School Star

This talented two-way player talks about receiving an offer from the Auburn Tigers.

Brantley, Ala.--One of the state's premier multi-purpose players got some unexpected news recently and says he's still in shock that it happened. Athletic Anthony Gulley says that holding offers from Troy and Jacksonville State, he took a visit to Auburn for a game and got some news he wasn't expecting.

"It means a lot," the 5-10, 180 Gulley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I never thought I would get an offer from Auburn. I didn't think I was that good. I got the offer the day of the Auburn-Georgia game.

"I was surprised," he adds. "It took the words right out of my mouth. I couldn't say anything. Auburn is my number one now. I'm not sure when I'll make a decision. I have been talking to a bunch of people so I don't have a clue what I'm going to do yet."

Even though it wasn't his first trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium for a game, Gulley says that having the chance to experience it knowing it may be his home for the next four or five years made the trip extra special.

"It was great," Gulley says. "I've never seen an atmosphere like that before. There were tons of people there. Two years ago I went to a game when they played Arkansas, but it was nothing like the Georgia game."

As a senior Gulley had a monster season for the Bulldogs as they finished 12-1 on the year following a loss to 1A power Sweetwater last week 47-7. In that game Gulley had the only score for Brantley on a 60-yard touchdown reception. For the year his partial numbers are astounding.

Gulley runs for yardage against Sweetwater.

Despite missing three games because of an ankle injury Gulley carried the ball 52 times for 1,022 yards and 16 touchdowns. He added 17 catches for 542 yards and nine more scores. Throw in two kickoff returns and two punt returns for touchdowns and you have a very busy man. He also played defense for the Bulldogs as a free safety.

"I had a good season this year," Gulley says. "Way better than last year. It's mostly because of the offense we ran. I had some pretty good games this year. Used to I would play the whole four quarters, but this year I really only played the first half of games."

With so many positions to his credit at Brantley (quarterback, running back, cornerback, safety and linebacker) in his three seasons as a starter, Gulley could be used at a number of different spots on the next level. A very good defensive back, he says his first love is on offense though.

"I think my best thing is being a wide receiver," Gulley says. "The Auburn coach Mr. James Willis has talked to me about playing some slot receiver."

Playing football isn't the only option for Gulley as he's also a standout on the diamond for the Bulldogs. Because of his love for baseball he notes that will play a part in his decision as well.

"Right now the draft is not a concern," Gulley says. "I haven't talked with Auburn about playing baseball. I'm going to play baseball and if I can't then I'll try to get in school for free."

Gulley says he hopes to take an official visit to Troy in the coming weeks, but hasn't set up an official to Auburn just yet. He's also hearing from Southern Miss and several other schools in addition to the Tigers and Trojans.

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