Wright Visits Auburn, Talks Leader

Carver defensive lineman Gabe Wright talks about his trip to Auburn and what has the Tigers in front.

Columbus, Ga.--Carver defensive lineman Gabe Wright has made several trips to Auburn to check out Gene Chizik's Tigers. On Saturday he took another visit to the Plains as the Tigers practiced late into the night under the lights. Enjoying the opportunity to watch the coaches and players in action, Wright said he's still very much favoring Auburn at the moment while looking at a host of other schools including Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

"Auburn definitely," Wright said when asked if anyone was on top for him at the moment. "It's overall comfortableness. I could sit here and say family, family, family, but if you really want me to get in depth it's just that bond. When I went through the building it was the O-Line coach, wide receiver coach, safety coach telling me to backpedal.

"When we had a camp at Auburn I was down there playing offensive guard and coach (Jeff) Grimes was dead serious about switching me to offensive guard if I keep gaining weight. It's just all about feel. I go to Alabama. They are the national champs. They have a high popularity about them like ‘hey we're on top and if you're going to come you're going to come'. At Auburn it's ‘Going Good To Great'. That's their motto and I live by it."

Having the opportunity to watch coach Tracy Rocker in action coaching the defensive line, Wright said the experience was a good one for him as he continues to get a feel for everything Auburn.

"Everything went real well," Wright said. "Really every time I go over there it's good. I can't complain. Being able to make that bond is important. I could probably go over there 50 times and I think every visit I learn a little more or I might catch a negative thing or 50 more positive things. Right now Auburn is still high and I'm feeling good."

Already short on depth at the defensive tackle position, Auburn signed just two players for this season's class and both will have to come in and contribute early according to Rocker. Wright said when watching practice it's easy to see the Tigers still need some players at the position.

"I really got to evaluate how slim they are on the depth chart," Wright said. "I know they have a lot of guys leaving. I think it's four or five with one being a junior. (Nick Fairley) Fairley might declare for the draft. I did evaluate D tackles today.

"It's not slim like it's a weakness," he added. "They brought in Kenneth Carter and Jeffrey Whitaker. They look good and I look good. I really don't think it's going to be a weakness. I don't mean it from that standpoint. For 2011 it's definitely slim."

Favoring Auburn for quite some time, the Carver standout said he's waiting to make his decision until after his senior year as the Tigers hope to go out on top with a state title led by a class of 25 seniors. With his top four as well as Clemson and Florida State in the mix, Wright said he's very familiar with all four and may take his official visits to Michigan, UCLA, Maryland, etc. just to get a feel for some different schools. He said once he knows and is comfortable though he'll be ready to make his choice and not a moment before.

"I think a lot of recruits tend to just pull the trigger," Wright said. "It really depends on how comfortable you are. If I feel comfortable right now I could go ahead and commit to Auburn but at the same time there is Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee in the back of my head.

"I don't want to be going to high school wearing Auburn gear and then take a visit to Alabama just to take it and the news say ‘wow he's taking a visit to Alabama'. I just want to stand back. It may not be signing day. I'm going to the Under Armour game and be doing some recruiting of my own. If it's not signing day for me it will be the Under Armour game."

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