Big Juco Offensive Tackle Nearing Decision

Roszell Gayden gives an update on his recruiting status and his interest in Auburn following his fourth official visit.

Visalia, Calif.--Roszell Gayden says his official visit to check out the Cal Bears this past weekend will be his final recruiting trip before he decides on where he will sign to play his Division I college football for the 2010 season.

The 6-7, 312-pound offensive tackle says he has narrowed his list to Cal, Auburn and Oklahoma. A good indication of what type of recruit the Tigers and Sooners believe he is can be shown by who has been by to personally recruit him.

Gayden, who is finishing fall classes at College of the Sequoias this week, says, "I am probably going to be ready to make a decision sometime on Wednesday."

Commenting on his visit to Cal this weekend, he says, "It went great. I had a good time. I?pretty much liked everything, the coaches and the facilities."

He notes that Auburn and Oklahoma are strongly in the picture, too. "Coach (Jeff) Grimes, the offensive line coach, and Coach (Gene) Chizik, the head coach, came out to see me," he says. "He told me they would really like to have me on their team."

Chizik skipped Auburn's Sunday night bowl practice to make the trek to California to spend time with Gayden, who says he likes the players, coaches and other people he met on his official visit to Auburn last month when the Tigers played a game vs. Alabama.

Bob Stoops, head coach at Oklahoma, also took a trip to California to make his final arguments on why the big lineman, who is originally from Minnesota, should play for the Sooners.

Roszell Gayden

Gayden has taken official visits to Auburn, Oklahoma, Cal and Arizona State, but says the Sun Devils are not under consideration. He notes that he had about 20 scholarship offers and also took a long look at Oregon and Arizona before trimming his list to three colleges.

Prior to attending junior college in California, Gayden was an All-State football player at Robbinsdale Cooper High in New Hope, Minn. The lineman will have two seasons of eligibility at the Division I level after playing the past two seasons for College of the Sequoias."

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