Key May Not Be A Lock to Gamecocks

Class of 2015 football prospect Arden Key took a visit to the Auburn campus and came away impressed.

Lithonia, Ga.--Rising junior Arden Key said on Friday he is still "committed" to South Carolina, but the class of 2015 football prospect said he is still looking at other colleges, including the Auburn Tigers.

The six-foot-six, 205-pounder spent much of the day touring the Auburn campus and hanging out with AU defensive line coach Rodney Garner. He noted that he liked the experience and said he plans to return on July 13th and bring his dad.

He also plans to take in one of the rivalry games as Auburn plays Georgia and Alabama this year at Jordan-Hare Stadium to close the regular season schedule.

Currently just 16 years old, Key said that he expects to continue to grow. "I think by the time I get to my college I will be around 230 pounds," he said.

He noted if he can stay in the weight range he might get a look at the "star" rover position if he comes to Auburn. If he gets bigger than that he said if he goes to Auburn he would likely be a defensive end.

After starting as a sophomore at King High last season, he is putting his focus on one sport. "I did play basketball, but I am stopping so I can gain more weight," he said.

Asked what his strength is as a football player, he said, "The best part of my game is that I play with physical style. I like to get physical with the offensive linemen. This summer I am working on getting bigger and using my hands better as part of my pass rushing techniques."

Commenting on his Auburn visit, he noted that he liked the people he met and that he was impressed with the facilities, particularly the new dorms that are scheduled to open in August. He also said that he has a good relationship with Garner, something that started when Garner was coaching at Georgia.

Looking at the big picture on recruiting, he said, "I am still committed to South Carolina, but I am keeping my options open."

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