Does Auburn Have the Wright Stuff to Land DL?

Carver High School defensive line star Gabe Wright talks about his unofficial visit to Auburn.

Columbus, Ga.--Big Gabe Wright gave his latest unofficial visit to Auburn a big thumbs up as he was in Auburn on Wednesday to watch the Tigers go through spring practice and then spend time with Gene Chizik's coaching staff.

"My trip to Auburn went real well," he says. "The trip was more about me bringing my mom down and letting her see Auburn. With Auburn being so close, it is easy to do it.

"I have been to Auburn to visit five or six times and I haven't gotten tired of visiting it," Wright said. "It was a fun trip."

The Carver High standout is being courted by plenty of colleges around the country. He doesn't have a favorite college yet, he notes, but he does have a group of teams he says are his leaders.

"My favorites, in no order, are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Maryland," he says. "I am going to be cutting that list down soon so I can get focused on where I am going. I am thinking about USC, but I won't even have a chance to visit there until my official visit because it is so far away."

Wright says he hasn't decided when he is going to make his college choice, but he notes that he wants to narrow it to four or five to make it easier on the colleges recruiting him as well as easier on himself and his mother. "I might wait all of the way until I go to Orlando for the Under Armour All-American Game," he says.

"It is exciting to get invited to the Under Armour game," says Wright, who also has the opportunity to the play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio.

"One of the reasons I picked the Under Armour Game is that it is a lot closer to Columbus than San Antonio is. Coach McGee (Carver head coach Dell McGee) and Isiah (running back Isiah Crowell, who will play in the game) are also going with me," he points out. "We think we are going to have a lot of folks coming down from Columbus to watch us."

The defensive lineman says he currently checks in at 6-4, 286 pounds. "I am still growing," he notes. "My wingspan is like a person six-foot-five."

One of the reasons Wright likes Auburn is the potential to play for defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. "I love him," Wright says. "He is one of a kind. He is the best D-line coach I?have known."

Wright notes that he enjoys watching Rocker coach like he did on Wednesday as the Tigers had a practice in full pads. He says the coach has made it clear that Wright will have a chance to be an early contributor on the defensive line at Auburn because the Tigers are short on depth up front.

Following his visit to Auburn on Wednesday the defensive lineman is headed to Clemson to check out that ACC program.


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