2014 safety Rashaan Gaulden talks visits


Rashaan Gaulden's Saturday afternoons are quickly becoming as busy as his Friday nights.

Of course, Gaulden plays football on Fridays for Nashville (Tenn.) Independence. On Saturdays, he's watching football at various locations. The 2014 prospect has already visited Tennessee this fall for the Florida game. He said he'll make a return trip to Knoxville on Oct. 20 for the Alabama game.

“I think highly of them,” the safety prospect said of the Vols. “I went to the game against Florida and the atmosphere was pretty hyped, so that made them climb my chart. I'm looking forward to going back there for the Alabama game.”

Gaulden has seven scholarship offers, including Duke, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Lafayette and Nebraska. He said he plans to take trips to Duke, Nebraska and Vanderbilt. He said he's also planning a trip to Ohio State.

The Cornhuskers certainly have caught his eye.

“Nebraska, they're one of my favorites,” the 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior said. “I like everything about the program.”

Gaulden said he has a close relationship with Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph, who was Tennessee's recruiting coordinator until this past January.

“He keeps me updated how the team is doing,” Gaulden said. “I like to watch them play.”

Nearby Vanderbilt is also getting strong consideration. When asked about the Commodores, Gaulden said, “I really like Vanderbilt. They haven't been that good [historically] but I still like all their coaches and their program.”

A fall trip to Ohio State would be the second this year for Gaulden. The Buckeyes haven't offered him a scholarship yet, but one could be coming.

“I went on a visit there this summer and the coaches have a lot to offer,” Gaulden said. “I had a nice, detailed tour. It was probably the best college tour I've had so I'm definitely looking into them. They're gaining interest, and I'm gaining interest in them. We'll see where that goes.”

Gaulden said he also has grown fond of Duke's coaches. A trip to Chapel Hill would certainly help the Blue Devils' chances.

“They want me to come up there for a game,” he said. “It's not that far from here. I'm looking forward to going there for a game.”

Given Gaulden's willingness to travel, a trip to Duke seems likely, too.