Gayden Excited About Heading to the SEC

Big Roszell Gayden, one of the top junior college prospects in the country, has made his college choice.

Visalia, Calif.--Offensive tackle Roszell Gayden signed scholarship papers on Wednesday to play football for Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers.

"Auburn is where I felt most comfortable at so that is why I chose Auburn," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"There is a great opportunity at Auburn," he adds. "I will have a chance to play right away and I am excited about playing in the SEC."

Gayden, who got to see an SEC game on his official visit, says he loves the intensity he saw at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Commenting on what else he likes about Auburn, Gayden says, "I like the coaches, I like the atmosphere and I like the fans. I like the opportunity at the school."

Rated a four star prospect by the 6-7, 312-pound offensive tackle says he is working on graduating this month at College of the Sequioas so he can enroll at Auburn in January. "I am

Recruiting offensive lineman is a major priority for the Tigers with this season's team featuring one senior and four juniors in the starting lineup. Also, Chizik and his staff have concern about the OL depth.

Roszell Gayden

Gayden notes that he chose the Tigers from more than 20 scholarship offers. He narrowed his list to a final three that included Cal and Oklahoma.

"I really liked everybody I met on my visit to Auburn," says Gayden, who took an official visit to AU for the Tigers' regular season finale game vs. Alabama.

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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