Huge Recruiting Weekend For Chizik's Tigers

Auburn will play host to a very impressive group of official and unofficial visitors this weekend for the Georgia game.

With one of the biggest games since the 2004 season for an Auburn team taking place this weekend at Jordan-Hare Stadium between the 10-0 and #2 Tigers and the 5-5 Georgia Bulldogs, coach Gene Chizik's team is expected to host one of the biggest and most talented group of visitors as well to check out the festivities surrounding the game.

The final home game of the year is always a chance to host several official visitors and that's again the case this year with commitment Thomas O'Reilly from Marietta (Ga.) Pope High expected to take his official. Also expected in for an official visit is talented running back prospect Tre Mason from Park Vista High in Lake Worth, Fla. A 5-9, 175-pounder with blazing speed, Mason ran for 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. Auburn will be his first visit this year with Ole Miss, West Virginia and Michigan also in the running for Mason.

A massive tight end prospect from Fort Meade (Fla.), four-star Brandon Fulse is also expected in this weekend for his official visit to Auburn after taking several unofficial visits in the last several months. While he won't admit to a leader, the Tigers are in a very strong position for Fulse at the moment with schools such as Florida State, Miami, Alabama Oregon and others also in the mix. Fulse has helped lead his team to a 9-0 record with 25 catches for 338 yards and six touchdowns. He also has six sacks on defense.

Greg Robinson

Another multiple-time visitor to Auburn is also expected to take his official visit to the Plains this weekend. Four-star offensive tackle Greg Robinson from Thibodaux, La. has been to Auburn numerous times in the past year to visit former teammate Trovon Reed and check out Auburn's campus. Last weekend he was in Baton Rouge for the Alabama-LSU game. It will come down to a battle of the Tigers for Robinson with Auburn and LSU the frontrunners.

In addition to the official visitors there will be a huge group of unofficials on hand to see if Auburn can improve to 11-0 and wrap up a berth in the SEC title game with a win. Included in that is a talented trio from Carver Columbus (Ga.) High coached by former Auburn player Dell McGee. Four-star defensive tackle Gabe Wright has had the Tigers high on his list for some time and he's expected in as is five-star running back Isaiah Crowell. Crowell has Georgia and Alabama at the top of his list. From the junior ranks cornerback Deion Bonner is expected to be one of the nation's top defensive backs for the 2012 class.

Speed is always a priority for any recruiting class and several expected visitors bring that to the table. Valley safety Erique Florence is considered one of the nation's top prospects and has been to Jordan-Hare Stadium many times this season to see the Tigers play as has LaGrange (Ga.) standout athlete Quan Bray. Both are expected back this weekend as is big offensive tackle Xzavier Ward from Colquitt County High in Moultrie, Ga.

Erique Florence

Other players from the 2011 class that could be in this weekend unofficially are wide receiver Jervohnte Riles from Bessemer, defensive lineman Diaheem Watkins from Bibb County, linebacker Eriquel Florence from Valley, athlete Jamal Golden from Wetumpka, wide receiver and Alabama commitments Marvin Shinn from Vigor High and Brent Calloway from Russellville.

In addition to a group of expected seniors in this weekend there will be a very big group of underclassmen in as well. Among the expected prospects are defensive end Tory Agee from Opelika, five-star linebacker Kwon Alexander from Oxford, defensive back Travis Blanks from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee (Fla.), offensive lineman and Auburn commitment Michael Flint from Oxford, defensive back Chris Humes from Spain Park, linebacker Javier Mitchell from Leeds, offensive tackle Caleb Peterson from Auburn, quarterback Zeke Pike from Fort Mitchell, Ken., defensive lineman Justin Shanks, defensive lineman Jay Minor, defensive back Derrick Moncrief, athlete Kordell Arrington and athlete Justin Thomas from Prattville, offensive linemen Ben Tamburello from Spain Park and Graham Shuler from Brentwood Academy in Nashville, and defensive lineman Jake Whaley from Briarwood Christian.


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