New Auburn Receiver A Traveling Man

Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers are hoping to get help from a specially invited walk-on from the West.

Auburn, Ala.--It's obvious that Jay Wisner isn't worried about traveling a few miles (or few thousand miles) to pursue his dream of playing college football.

On Thursday the wide receiver from Bozeman, Montana took his first class at Auburn University where he hopes to make the football team as a specially invited walk-on wide receiver.

The 6-1 1/2, 200-pounder will have three years to play two seasons after graduating from Saddleback College in Orange County located in southern California.

As a sophomore, he averaged 19.6 yards per catch on 40 balls as he finished the season with 786 yards and six touchdowns as the leading receiver for the Gauchos. Wisner earned second team all-conference honors. He caught 18 passes for 204 yards as a freshman.

"I am definitely excited to be at Auburn," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I got here on Monday afternoon. I left Montana at 6 a.m. and it was a long flight here."

An All-State player in high school, he decided to attend junior college on the west coast after not getting any major college scholarship offers as a high school senior. "I went to Saddleback College in southern California to get more exposure and it was definitely great exposure compared to Montana," he says.

The receiver was hoping to receive offers out of Saddleback, but that didn't happen. However, Utah and Mississippi State also recruited him to be a preferred walk-on. After talking with Auburn's wide receiver coach, he decided to move to Auburn.

"I got in touch with Coach Trooper Taylor and things just escalated from there," Wisner says of the AU assistant.

He notes that Auburn's need for wide receivers was a a major factor in his decision to make the move to the SEC school. Although the first preseason practice is more than two months away, Wisner says he wanted to get to campus as soon as possible to begin learning the offense and adjust to his new home.

A receiver with good speed and soft hands, Wisner says he is a versatile wideout. "I can play outside and inside," he says. "I can basically do anything because of my size. I have done that in high school and junior college."

He notes that as a high school junior he ran an 11.2 100 meters. "I didn't run track as a senior."

"I ran a 4.45 (40-yard dash) last fall," he says. "I have been working on my speed this spring. In junior college I grew maybe half an inch, added weight and I definitely got faster working out with all of that speed in California."


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