Defensive Line Standout Enjoys Return Trip

Defensive line prospect Gabe Wright returned to Auburn to participate in a football camp.

Columbus, Ga.--Gabe Wright made a return trip to Auburn on Thursday for a team football camp and the highly-regarded defensive lineman says he enjoyed the outing.

Wright and other defensive linemen plus offensive linemen from Carver High School competed with dozens of other teams in a one-on-one pass protection/rush competition. Wright's Tigers advanced to the finals of the competition on Thursday night and made the drive back to Columbus as the winner.

"Carver is all about competition," Wright tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "That is what we do. We were undefeated in the competition and were the champions.

"It was very fun like it was when I came over for Big Cat Weekend," Wright says. "Coach Scott Fountain (Auburn's director of football operations) is all about making sure we have some games and competitions that are fun and I?like that."

Ranked a four star defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com and the No. 10 prospect at his position in the country, Wright is one of the more heavily recruited prospects in the Southeast for the 2012 signing class.

"Recruiting is going good," he says. "I am very happy right now. I actually cleaned my room the other day and threw out a lot of mail from schools that are recruiting that I really have no interest in looking at.

"I have a top five, and it is in no order, and that is Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee," he says. "Tennessee solidified that five spot."

Auburn assistant Tracy Rocker, who coaches the Tigers' defensive line and recruits Wright, watched the rising senior and his Carver teammates compete on Thursday. Wright says he has a good relationship with Rocker. "We talk all of the time,"?the lineman says.

Wright, who receives invitations to plenty of football camps, says the one on Thursday was enjoyable to him because he was able to participate in it with his high school teammates. "A lot of our guys don't get a chance to go out and attend camps so it meant a lot to them and it was important to me that I participate with them and we compete hard and try to win it, which we did,"?he says.

Wright says he is looking forward to his senior season and predicts that the Carver Tigers have the right stuff to make a run at the state championship. "We feel like we have a team that can dominate this year and our focus is not on the regular season, it is on the playoffs," he says.

Wright, who isn't sure where he is going for his next camp, says he currently checks in at 6-4, 288 pounds. "I have lost some weight,"?he says. "I was up to 305." He says that he wants to drop a little more weight over the summer for the start of his senior season.

Commenting on his visit to Auburn in May for the Big Cat Weekend, he says, "Big Cat went well. I enjoyed it because it wasn't serious business. We had a lot of fun."

Wright notes that he enjoyed hanging out with defensive end Ray Drew during the Big Cat Weekend. "Ray is a good guy," Wright says.


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