A Kid in a Candy Store

Since de-committing from Auburn, Fort Lauderdale (Fla) cornerback Devin Gaulden has remade his list and scheduled five official visits. On his visit to Wisconsin, Gaulden saw a lot of impressive things - from the campus to the coaches to the points.

MADISON - It wasn't the warmest trip Devin Gaulden has ever taken. It's hard for him, however, to pick up that was more impressive.

After decommitting from Auburn a little over a month ago, Gaulden, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound cornerback from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University school, re-opened his recruitment and saw No.6 Wisconsin pound Indiana, 83-20, on his third official visit.

"It was very impressive with how they played," Gaulden said. "It was a great trip up there and really opened up eyes about what is going on at Wisconsin. It's a great place with great people, a great college town and I was real excited about being up there."

Gaulden was given the VIP treatment with senior David Gilreath. After having dinner with the coaching staff, Gaulden went out with Gilreath, J.J. Watt and other teammates to see downtown Madison.

"They were great people and a lot of fun," Gaulden said. "They took me to a candy store. I am a big candy person and bought like 25 dollars of candy. It was a lot of fun and one of the best parts of the guys. I liked State Street, and it was cool to see with how the people having fun despite the weather."

Gaulden is being recruiting by Defensive Line Coach Charlie Partridge, who has already landed two Florida defensive backs Makinton Dorleant and Terrance Floyd in the class of 2011 at the end of July. When word got out that Gaulden de-committed, Partridge, who was the first school to offer him a scholarship, was the first school to make the call.

"Wisconsin was the first school to offer me and over time, I've build a good relationship with Coach Partridge," Gaulden said. "Wisconsin was one of my favorites even before I made my commitment to Auburn. So as soon as I de-committed, they were the first school to call me. We've had a great relationship, so I felt I had a come up there and see what Wisconsin has to offer.

Gaulden has already taken official visits to Boston College and Texas Tech and will visit Wake Forest this weekend and West Virginia Dec.4. Gaulden is still considering all five with no favorites.

A standout performer at an Auburn football camp this summer, Gaulden, a quick and athletic cornerback, sees himself as a physical corner that can make an impact at the line of scrimmage.

"I am former basketball player, so I can play the ball pretty well, too," Gaulden said. "I have a lot of potential. I have only been playing football for two years, so I am excited to keep playing."

Currently, Wisconsin has 18 known commitments in the class of 2011 with spots filling up fast. Even so, Partridge told Gaulden that he has a spot waiting for him should he decide to commit.

"They aren't rushing me to make any decisions," Gaulden said. "They want me to make me decision when I want to make it and to go where I want to go. Honestly, it means a lot that they aren't pressuring me because it's such a big decision in my life."

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