Heavily Recruited Juco Tackle to Visit Auburn

A report with video on a star juco lineman from California who will visit Auburn is featured.

Visalia, Calif.--Auburn is looking for offensive linemen who can make an immediate impact next season. Roszell Gayden is looking for a place where can play immediately next season.

The big lineman and the Tigers will be checking each other out next week when Gayden makes a trip from California to Auburn for an official visit to check out Coach Gene Chizik's program to see if it is a good fit for him.

"I am going to the Auburn-Alabama game," the six-foot-seven tackle tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Asked what he knows about Auburn football in particular, and Southeastern Conference football in general, he says, "Other than being a fan, not too much."

"I have talked to Coach Chizik and Coach Grimes about Auburn," he says. "They have talked to me about coming in and playing right away. They told me they have a major need for help on the offensive line."

Grimes is Auburn's offensive line coach who must replace senior starting right tackle Andrew McCain after Auburn's bowl game this season. The other starting tackle, Lee Ziemba, will be a senior next year.

"I prefer to play left tackle, but the situation is they need a right tackle to play next year," Gayden says. "That wouldn't be all bad because I could play right tackle next season and then move to left tackle as a senior."

Gayden is shown in a spring game this year.

After a strong freshman season at College of the Sequoias the big tackle was a preseason All-American going into his sophomore campaign that ended on Nov. 14th with a 28-14 loss to Sierra College. "We didn't make the playoffs so our season is over," he says. His Giants finished with a 5-5 record.

Commenting on how he thought he played, he says, "I felt like I played good. You can always do better, but I felt good about it."

Commenting on what he believes is the best part of game, Gayden says, "I think I am a fast learner. I am big and I am athletic."

A player who is still relatively new to the sport, he didn't take up football until his junior year in high school. However, he was immediately noticed by the Minnesota Golden Gophers and committed to them as a 6-7, 240-pound junior defensive end. He moved to offensive tackle as a senior and was headed to Minneapolis until his academic situation forced a junior college start.

"I was going to the University of Minnesota, but I didn't make it," he says. "The coach at Minnesota knew the coach out here and they hooked it up."

Roszell Gayden is shown during a workout in California.

The lineman says his academics are going well and he is on schedule to graduate this spring at the junior college located in the San Joaquin Valley.

Commenting on what he is looking for in his college choice, Gayden says, "I am looking for somewhere I am go to get a great education, somewhere where I can play against top-notch talent and somewhere that is known for putting players into the NFL."

Minnesota was his first offer as a junior at Robbinsdale Cooper High in New Hope, Minn., where he was an All-State football player who also played basketball. As a junior college sophomore the lineman says he has "somewhere around 20" scholarship offers.

Commenting on who is at the top of his list, Gayden says, "I would have say the University of California, the University of Oklahoma and Auburn. There are a few other schools I am looking at, but I would say those three are the ones I am looking at first."



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