An Auburn-Ole Miss showdown is brewing for three-star Waynesboro (Miss.) Wayne County linebacker/safety Steve Gandy.
“I’m still open, but it looks like it will come down to Auburn or Ole Miss,” he said. “I’ve been keeping Arizona State in there, too, but the only bad thing about them is it’s so far away from home. I loved everything else about it, but it would be hard to go that far from home.”
Gandy (6-0, 190, 4.5) has made three of his official visits – Auburn, Alabama, Arizona State. He has Ole Miss scheduled for this weekend. Tennessee was slated for the 30th, but he says he won’t likely take that trip now.
“I just want to get things done,” he said. “I’m tired of recruiting. I think I have my list narrowed down.”
Asked what advantages the Tigers and Rebels have, Gandy offered the following:
“Auburn is a school I’ve always liked – the tradition, the atmosphere, the colors, the ‘War Eagle!’ stuff. I love all that. And I like their coaches and players. They made me feel comfortable there.
“Ole Miss is here close to home. It would be a chance to represent your home state. That means a lot. They had a great season this year and some good coaches. I know some of the players there already. I guess I’ll just learn more about them on my visit.”
Gandy’s huge senior season included 142 tackles, 13 sacks and one interception. He’s rated the No. 18 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com.