Rocker Hearing From Auburn and Others

Football prospect Gavin Rocker comments on recruiting and his recent visit to Auburn.

Tyrone, Ga.--Gavin Rocker, a visitor to Auburn last weekend to check out Coach Gene Chizik's football team for a junior day, is a prospect for the 2011 signee class with an interest in the Tigers.

Rocker, a defensive end who says that he currently checks in at 6-2, 210 pounds, is the son of former Auburn standout defensive tackle David Rocker and the nephew of current Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, a two-time All-American for the Tigers.

"The junior day was pretty good," says the prospect, who is currently a junior at Sandy Creek High School. "I learned a good bit watching practice.

"My uncle and I spent some time together," Rocker points out. "In addition to watching practice, I talked to some other recruits who were there. I also tried to learn more about playing my position from watching the defensive ends go through drills at Auburn's practice."

With the prospects in attendance, the Tigers worked out at Jordan-Hare Stadium in what was their first full pads practice of spring training.

Gavin Rocker is shown at the Scout Showcase in January.

Rocker, who is 17 years old, isn't sure how big he will be by the time he is in college, but is expecting that he will be larger than he is now as he finishes his junior year in high school. "I am still growing physically," he notes.

The defensive end was one of more than 100 prospects who were in Auburn on Saturday to spend time with the coaching staff and learn more about the university.

Like many junior prospects, Rocker is wondering which college will be the first to offer him a scholarship. "I am not getting any offers, but I am getting a lot of letters and questionaires," says the prospect who is interested in majoring in business or entrepreneurship in college.

"I am hearing from Auburn, of course, and I am hearing from N.C. State, Colorado, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State," he says. "Those are the ones that have been consistent. I got invited to Vanderbilt's junior day, but it was the same day as Auburn's so I couldn't go."

Asked if he has an early favorite, the junior says, "Probably Auburn."

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