Richard Gouraige‘s weekend visit to Auburn went so well, he hopes to return soon.
“I’m hoping for next week,” Gouraige said.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman from Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., made a visit to the Plains this weekend, but he hopes to be back for Auburn’s A-Day game on April 8. Gouraige is ranked the No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 62 overall prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Auburn impressed him this time around.
“I love it here. It felt like home. It exceeded expectations. I wasn’t expecting this — this type of visit, bonding with the players and stuff,” Gouraige said. “Coach (Gus) Malzahn. We talked for over an hour (Friday) 1-on-1. He said to just keep working hard and that, ‘We really need you here. You can change the program.'”
Gouraige watched Auburn’s scrimmage on Saturday before heading back to Tampa. He got an up-close-and-personal view of the Tigers’ new-look offense, which continues to have the same fast-pace feel as previous years.
That style is right in line with Gouraige’s preference.
“I fit in — it’s fast tempo,” he said. “It can correlate with my high school. It helps a lot with my athleticism, too.”
Gouraige spent plenty of time with offensive line coach Herb Hand. The 4-star offensive lineman offered rave reviews about Hand after the visit.
“He’s a great guy. He teaches their players. He was telling me he’s going to coach you hard, but he’s going to love you harder,” Gouraige said.
He doesn’t have an official list of top schools yet, but Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU and North Carolina are leaving the biggest impression on him right now.
Where does Auburn stand among that group?
“They’re up there,” Gouraige said.
If he does, in fact, make it back to Auburn next week, it will be quite telling where the Tigers stand.