With one of the biggest games in the country taking place this weekend at Jordan-Hare Stadium it's not surprising that coach Gene Chizik and his staff are expecting a large and talented group of unofficial visitors when Auburn faces LSU on Saturday. Along with several outstanding prospects already committed to the Tigers there should be dozens of outstanding prospects still yet to make a decision on hand for the game.
Among the best of those is a key recruit for both Auburn and LSU on the offensive line. Big Greg Robinson from Thibodaux (La.) High has been a frequent visitor to both campuses and is expected to be back in Auburn this weekend. He was a high school teammate of Auburn freshman Trovon Reed.
Speed is also one of the biggest things any team needs and defensive back Bruce Dukes as well as athlete Quan Bray both fit the bill in that department. A cornerback prospect, Dukes hails from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga. A visitor to Auburn several times in the last year, Bray could play a number of different positions on the next level much like he's currently doing for Troup High in LaGrange, Ga.
With the ACT taking place on Saturday around the country there are several players that could make it to Auburn if the timing is right. One of those is talented defensive end Xzavier Dickson from Griffin, Ga. One of the top defensive end prospects in the South, Dickson is looking at Auburn and LSU as well as Alabama, Georgia and several others.
In addition to those top names from the 2011 class there is expected to be a very large group of very solid prospects hoping to grab an offer from the Tigers late in the process. One of those is athlete Jamal Golden from Wetumpka. A teammate in high school of current safety Ikeem Means, Golden plays quarterback for the Indians but could play wide receiver or defensive back on the next level.
In addition to Golden a trio of players from Luverne are expected in this weekend in linebacker Desmond Harrell, defensive end Lonnie Freeman and offensive lineman Robert Freeman. Also running back Demarcus James from Demopolis is expected in for the game. A Washington State commitment, James is having another big year for the Tigers. Also expected in from the 2011 class are linebacker Robert Terrell from Russellville, cornerback Shaquille Tolbert from Russell County, wide receiver T.J. Worthy from Gadsden City, and offensive lineman Errin Joe from Lakeland (Fla.).
It's not just seniors that are visiting schools nowadays and that means a huge group of very good underclassmen are expected to be in for the showdown on Saturday including recent commitment Michael Flint from Oxford. A talented offensive lineman, Flint is the first commitment for 2012 for Auburn. In addition he's expected to be joined by teammates Kwon Alexander and Trae Elston. Alexander is considered a five-star linebacker prospect by Scout.com while Elston is one of the top defensive back prospects for next season.
Another school that is expected to have multiple underclassmen in attendance is Prattville. Defensive lineman Justin Shanks and athlete Justin Thomas have been frequent visitors to Auburn and both are expected in on Saturday along with talented linebacker Reggie Ragland from Bob Jones, running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne, defensive end Tory Agee from Opelika, and linebacker Chris Casher from Mobile.
From outside the state the interest is still very high in Auburn from the underclassmen as athlete Travis Blanks from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee (Fla.) is expected back in as are defensive end Quintez Williams from Westlake High in Atlanta and athlete D.J. White from Union Grove High in McDonough, Ga. White was one of the more impressive campers at Auburn last summer. Others expected in are tight end Dillon Lee from Buford (Ga.), offensive lineman Graham Shuler from Brentwood Academy, offensive lineman Vadal Alexander from Buford, and defensive lineman Channing Ward from Aberdeen, Miss.
Three of the best young young players in Georgia are also expected to check out the Auburn-LSU contest on Saturday. Defensive lineman Brian Whitaker, the younger brother of Auburn freshman defensive lineman Jeffrey Whitaker, is expected back in along with a pair of athletes from Creekside High in Fairburn (Ga.) with a familiar name. The younger brothers of Eric Berry, twins Elliot Berry and Evan Berry are in the class of 2014 but already considered talented prospects. They are expected back for their second game this season.