Rashan Gary will take an official visit to Auburn this weekend for the Iron Bowl, and things hopefully go much better than during his last visit with the Tigers.
Gary, the nation’s No. 1 prospect out of Paramus Catholic High School (N.J.), took an unofficial visit to Auburn in June. His mother was not initially impressed with the Tigers’ academic pitch.
The 5-star defensive lineman’s mother, Jennifer Coney, was shown a video about the daily schedule of an Auburn football player. It documented everything from a player getting up in the morning, to going to school, tutoring and weight lifting. Coney was not impressed.
“They showed step-by-step the day in the life of a football player. And then when it was all over everybody looked at me and I was like, ‘Really? I don’t care about him (the player in the video),’” Coney told SEC Country in an interview this week.
“I just tell you how I feel. I don’t care about him, I want to know what you are going to do for Rashan.
“It was a great movie. That’s not why I spent my money to go down to Alabama to see.”
Academics is a real sticking point for Coney when it comes to her son’s looming college decision. She walked away from the video having more questions than answers, and was hoping for a more detailed report about Auburn’s academic regimen.
“When Rashan is that far away and things don’t go good and he has a bad day, he can always call me but sometimes you need somebody to talk one-on-one and not over the phone,” Coney said. “Who is that person? When I go to college visits I have a ton of questions and I want them answered. You can’t answer them with a film about somebody else.”
But as quickly as her doubts arose, they quickly faded. Following the session, Coney was promised the information she wanted after lunch, and the Auburn staff delivered.
By the time Coney was done with lunch last summer, she told SEC Country that Auburn had sent the masses to ease her concern. She said that several high-ranking Auburn academic officials were at her service, as well as people in charge of individualized scheduling and tutoring.
“So five or six people were there. And they sat there and broke it down,” Coney told SEC Country. “That was impressive to me because not only did the football staff feel Rashan was that important to them. But that what I needed was important to them. They were home with their families and they came out.”
Gary has previously taken official visits to Michigan and Ole Miss, but Auburn will have its chance to impress this weekend. Gary is tentatively scheduled to go to Southern California for his fourth official visit on Jan. 15. For his final trip, Gary is deciding between Alabama, LSU, Clemson and UGA, among others.
Gary made his recruiting trip to Ole Miss last weekend, and she was asked how the academics of Ole Miss compared to Auburn?
“Their academic pitches are all the same,” she said.