Teammates Take Different Paths To Auburn

This pair of future Tigers talk about their reasons for choosing Auburn.

Alexander City, Ala.--When Eric Brock and Marquies Gunn walked into the room Monday morning to announce their college choices, you could see a hint of orange and blue peeking through under the jackets they wore to cover the Auburn jerseys underneath. For Brock that hint has been there for most of his life, but Gunn is a completely different story.

Growing up with both parents being Auburn graduates and fans, Brock said he has always been partial to the Tigers but he didn't let that interfere in the recruiting process. Listening intently as coaches from Arkansas, South Carolina, Louisville and many other schools pitched their programs, in the end he said that the familiarity with the Tigers had a lot to do with his decision.

"It eased the decision some for me because my parents and a lot of my family members are there," Brock said. "They supported me, they didn't tell me where to go but they were hoping I would go there. It just seemed like it was the right thing to do for me.

Eric Brock with his parents and Monday's press conference.

"I think it really came down to knowing the coaches and being around them the whole time in his recruiting process," Brock added. "A lot of teams come through and you have teams that are the favorite at first, but you change it up but I feel that Auburn has been there consistently and been around the whole time. They have kept in contact with me and offered me and I accepted."

A defensive back with the ability to cover receivers at the line of scrimmage because of his physical presence (6-1, 185), Brock gives the Tigers immediate help at the position that will be the biggest concern heading into the 2003 season. With seniors Roderick Hood, Rashaud Walker and Horace Willis all gone at corner, Brock said he hopes to come to Auburn in June and get ready to play next fall.

"I plan on getting to Auburn early this summer and get in and work out with the players some," Brock said. "We'll probably do pass-skel drills against the receivers and hopefully learn the system so I can come right in immediately and play. I'm looking forward to a lot of press-and-run so we can give those great linebackers an opportunity to blitz and get a little pressure on the quarterback. I just want to come in and do a good job."

Teammates Brock and Gunn pose for a photo after announcing to Auburn.

While Brock has Auburn in his blood, that hasn't been the case for Gunn. A dominant defensive end for Coach Carl Martin, the 6-4, 212-pound Gunn says that his main reason for picking Auburn was the fact that his family would have the opportunity to see him play all the home games, something that is important to him.

"I would like to see family in the stands sometimes," Gunn said. "All the coaches did a good job in recruiting, but in the end I had to go with Auburn."

After considering Louisville, UAB and turning away late attention from Alabama, Gunn chose to be a Tiger. The latter was especially tough for him to do, but he said he had no regrets making this decision.

"I was an Alabama fan growing up," Gunn said. "They came in the decision-making process late for me and I had already scratched them off my list. It's Auburn all the way now. War Eagle!"

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