Big Recruiting Weekend For Chizik's Tigers

Auburn is expecting a very big and impressive group of prospects on hand for the Clemson game Saturday night.

Auburn, Ala.--With one of the country's top match-ups set for Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium and ESPN College Gameday on campus, it's no surprise that the Auburn Tigers are expecting a large and talented group of visitors to see them take on the Clemson Tigers.

Curtis Luper, who is Auburn's recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching the running backs, says this will be an important weekend for recruiting.

"ESPN is coming and ESPN's College GameDay will be here and that always validates your spot as the place to be," he notes. "Auburn is the place to be, has been the place to be, so that is always good.

"There is national TV again for those who can't make it," Luper adds. "They will be able to see us play. Then we will have 90,000 in the stands excited, loud boisterous. They will be all in. That is what I have heard lately. It will be fun."

Needing help and depth at the running back position in the 2011 class Auburn is recruiting several top backs with a few of them expected to be in for the game on Saturday. Rated the nation's number nine running back prospect, Dee Hart will be in on an official visit. Having already visited Michigan, the speedy back will have a chance to see another one of his favorites this weekend.

Also expected in are physical 5-11, 185 Javarius Allen (Buck Allen) from Lincoln High in Tallahassee (Fla.) and 5-10, 190 Andrew Buie from Trinity Christian in Jacksonville (Fla.). Also expected in is big DeMarcus James from Demopolis. A Washington State commitment, he doesn't have an offer from the Tigers at the moment but is still a player that could be one to keep an eye on.

A teammate of Buie, cornerback Ahmad Christian (5-10, 190) is rated as the number 47 player at his position in the country by Scout.com and is expected to be in for the game. He currently lists Auburn among his list of favorites that includes Florida, Louisville and Tennessee. Putting up huge numbers this season as a quarterback, Erique Florence is without question one of the top defensive prospects on the board for the Tigers out of Valley High. He's expected to take the short drive over for the game as well on Saturday along with speedy Pat Milliner from Stanhope Elmore in Millbrook.

Erique Florence

Tight end commitment C.J. Uzomah is expected to take an unofficial visit for Saturday's game as is another top tight end, big Brandon Fulse from Fort Meade (Fla.). Playing with Onterio McCalebb's younger brother Dwayne, he is expected in for the game.

The defensive line is always a priority and one of the players expected in could be a player to watch at that position. Gavin Rocker, the son of former Tiger David Rocker and nephew of Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, is talented in his own right at Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga. Also expected in is athletic Devaunte Sigler from B.C.Rain High in Mobile. He was a frequent visitor to Auburn over the summer and has an offer from the Tigers.

Two of the biggest names on the list are also two of the biggest bodies expected in this weekend as well. With size and athleticism, Carver's (Ga.) Gabe Wright is rated as one of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects. With Auburn high on his list he's an important player to have on campus for such a big weekend. Also expected to visit is massive offensive tackle Greg Robinson from Thibodaux, La. Rated as the nation's number 11 tackle prospect, Robinson is a former teammate of Auburn freshman Trovon Reed.

Gabe Wright

Auburn already has a very good class committed to this point and several of those players are expected in for the game on Saturday including Hoover's Jaylon Denson, Spanish Fort center Reese Dismukes, quarterback Kiehl Frazier, linebacker Justin Garrett, linebacker Chris Landrum, defensive lineman Jabrian Niles from Davidson (Mobile), offensive lineman Thomas O'Reilly from Pope High in Marietta (Ga.), and defensive backs Jonathan Rose from Leeds and Anthony Swain from Gadsden City.

Recruiting is a never-ending game and that means many top juniors and even sophomores could be in for the game as well. Among them are five-star linebacker Kwon Alexander (2012) from Oxford, defensive end Torrey Bell (2012) from John Curtis (La.), cornerback Travis Blanks (2012) from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee (Fla.), offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (2013) from Handley, linebacker Chris Casher from Mobile, defensive back Trae Elston (2012) and offensive lineman Michael Flint (2012) from Oxford, defensive linemen Justin Shanks (2012) and Caleb Gulledge (2012) from Prattville, tight end Paul Kyles (2012) from Vigor, offensive tackle Caleb Peterson (2012) from Auburn, linebacker Reggie Ragland (2012) from Bob Jones (Madison), cornerback Geno Smith (2012) from Atlanta, athlete D.J. White (2012) from Union Grove High in McDonough (Ga.), and running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne.

One of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Tennessee for the 2012 class, Graham Shuler from Brentwood Academy, is expected to make the trip.

Perhaps the most important visitor is one that is a familiar name to Auburn fans. There is a chance that Shon Coleman could make the trip down to see the game on Saturday. A signee from last season, Coleman has been battling cancer and hopes to be healthy enough to enroll at Auburn in January.


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