Prospect Notices A Close-Knit Auburn Football Team

This in-state football prospects discusses his official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Alexander City, Ala.--Marquies Gunn said before making his first official visit to Auburn over the weekend that he was interested in getting a good feel for the Tiger football program. He said on Sunday that his visit helped him do just that.

"I got to see what it is all about," said Gunn, a 6-4, 208-pounder who racked up 22 sacks as a senior defensive end for Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City.

Gunn said that the visit went well and he liked the players, coaches and others he met on the trip. "Dexter Murphy was my host," he said. "He took me out to a Mexican restaurant on Friday night. On Saturday we went over to Ronnie Brown's and watched the (NFL playoff) games." Murphy is a junior defensive end and tackle and Brown is a sophomore tailback.

Gunn plays football and wrestles for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats.

Gunn said he was interested in seeing how the players get along and noted that he liked what he saw. "The players told me they are like a big family," he said. "They hang out together. I think that is something that helps make a team successful."

Gunn said that he stayed busy throughout the visit that included meetings with coaches and academic advisers. He was a key player for Benjamin Russell this past season as the Wildcats won nine games and in 2001 he played a a major role on the Class 5A state championship team.

"Coach Tuberville told me that he hoped to see me back at Auburn," said Gunn, who noted that he plans to take several more recruiting trips. He is headed to Arkansas next weekend and Louisville the following weekend.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Gunn said that he met with Auburn defensive ends coach Terry Price and looked at game video of the Auburn defensive system. "It is a good system and Coach Price showed me how I could fit in," Gunn said.

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