Gaulden Shines at Camp and Earns Auburn Offer

Devin Gaulden tells Inside the Auburn Tigers about his camp experience visiting Coach Gene Chizik's football program.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Although his background as an athlete is in basketball and although he has only played one season of football, scholarship offers from football programs are rolling in for rising senior cornerback Devin Gaulden.

The list of offers increased by one to nine as Auburn's coaches liked the defensive back from University School enough to let him know a scholarship offer is on the way.

"I felt like I was very successful and I impressed a lot of the coaches at the Auburn camp," Gaulden tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

He visited the AU campus on Saturday along with three generations of family members. The group fit in the trip to Auburn with a trip back to the state of Alabama for a family reunion. "My grandparents are from Greene County," Gaulden points out.

Gaulden, who is 5-10, 177 pounds, says that Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, a former secondary coach and defensive coordinator, gave him some encouraging words. "Coach Chizik said he was very impressed with me," the rising senior notes. "He said he really loved my game."

Gaulden plans to also visit Wake Forest on his way home, another college that has offered him a scholarship. "Duke, Marshall, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Buffalo, New Mexico and Wisconsin have all offered," he says.

Commenting on his style of play, Gaulden says, "I am a lock-down corner. I like to be on an island competing with receivers. Last year was my first playing football. Before that I was a basketball player, a point guard/shooting guard."

Gaulden says he will be in good shape academically for college. "I attend the University School, which has one of the most prestigious academic programs in the state of Florida," he says, noting he is a "B" student at the school.

The rising senior says he left Auburn pleased about his camp experience and picking up a scholarship offer this week. "It's very cool," he says. "I am very excited."

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