Down To Two For Army All-American

This big lineman talks about his weekend visit to Auburn and where the Tigers stand.

Tallahassee, Fla.--A U.S. Army All-American, big Corey Gaines has heard from schools that want him either as a defensive lineman or as an offensive lineman. Needing help to shore up the middle of the defense down the road, Auburn brought Gaines in for an official visit over the weekend and said they wanted him for defense. He says everything he saw and heard puts Auburn right into the mix for him heading into signing day.

"The visit went pretty good," Gaines says. "I wasn't really expecting all this. If I had to rate it I would give it a 10.

"I'm really confused right now," he adds. "I had my mind set on Ole Miss, but Auburn is a nice place. Coach (Tracy) Rocker really wants to coach me and he's the best of the best. That kind of threw me for a loop so I just have to pray about it with my family."

A winner of both the Outland and Lombardi Awards while a senior at Auburn, Rocker has gone on to become just as successful as a coach. He's put talented players such as DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora in the NFL from Troy and several talented guys at Arkansas and Ole Miss as well. Gaines says that's something he's thinking about with his interest in Auburn.

"It means a lot," Gaines says. "He's got a lot of guys in the NFL. First I want to get my degree, but if not I'll go pro.

"I just loved meeting coach Rocker," he adds. "We talked one on one during the basketball game."

Hosted by Auburn defensive lineman Jake Ricks, Gaines says getting a chance to meet and mingle with current Tigers was one of the highlights of the weekend for him.

"They were real down to earth," he says. "We had a lot of fun."

Now down to just two schools, Gaines says he won't wait until signing day to make his choice, but wants to talk things over with his family before pulling the trigger.

"It will probably be Monday night or Tuesday morning," Gaines says. "It's Ole Miss and Auburn right now. I'm just looking for a family atmosphere and how comfortable I can be around a coaching staff."

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