Big Names, Big Recruiting Weekend For Auburn

Bluechip running backs and standouts at other positions are part of group of official visitors to Auburn this weekend that includes a dandy dozen collection of high school stars.

Auburn, Ala.--There is no question that the running back position is one of major importance for the Auburn Tigers in the 2011 signing class. Coach Gene Chizik and the Tigers will be making a push for several of the top backs in the country this weekend as a large and talented group of prospects is expected to be on hand for official visits starting Friday evening.

Rated a five-star prospect and the number five running back in the nation by Scout.com, Savon Huggins will make the trip from New Jersey to see what Auburn is all about. With home state Rutgers and Notre Dame already high on his list, the Tigers will be looking to make up ground in a hurry this weekend on Huggins. The Gatorade Player of the Year for his state, Huggins finished his senior year with over 1,900 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Also a standout at running back, four-star prospect Jeremy Hill from Redemptorist High in Baton Rouge is another big back looking at the Tigers. Expected in for a visit, the former LSU commitment is rated the number 10 back in the country by Scout.com. A physical runner at 6-1, 215, Hill had 2,203 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior. He's looking at Tennessee and Alabama in addition to Auburn and LSU.

Jeremy Hill

Rated as the nation's number 19 running back, talented Quan Bray from Troup County, Ga., High is a player who could wind up at a number of different positions on the collegiate level because of his combination of size, speed and quickness. Having already visited Georgia, Bray is also looking to visit Alabama and Florida as well with Clemson also in the picture.

A big back committed to Clemson, Marlin Lane from Mainland High in Daytona Beach is also a four-star prospect and is expected in to Auburn this weekend. With the nation's number four back already committed to Clemson Lane is looking around and the SEC Tigers will get a shot to show Lane what they're all about this weekend.

Marlin Lane

While the running back position is huge for this year's class, the offensive line is almost always a point of emphasis and this weekend the Tigers will have two of the best in for a visit with Christian Westerman and Aaron Morris both expected in.

Rated the number one guard prospect in the nation by Scout.com but likely a tackle on the next level, Westerman committed to Texas early in the process, but now the Hamilton, Ariz., product is taking a look around. With family near Auburn and an early offer from the Tigers, he could be one to keep an eye on down the stretch.

Also ranked as a guard by Scout but playing tackle in high school, massive Aaron Morris is a commitment to Ole Miss but is scheduled to be in Auburn this weekend to see the Tigers. Having already visited Alabama, the 6-6, 320 Morris will also visit Mississippi State and Ole Miss before making a final decision close to or on signing day.

On the defensive side of the football Auburn is looking for help across the board and one of the best athletes in the country is Valley safety Erique Florence. Playing quarterback as a senior for the Rams, Florence is one of the top defensive back prospects in the country and is scheduled to visit Alabama and USC in addition to his trip to the Plains this weekend.

Stephon Tuitt

Ranked the number 15 defensive end in the nation, Monroe, Ga., High's Stephon Tuitt surprised many by committing to Notre Dame over Auburn and Georgia Tech back in September. This weekend the Tigers will get another shot to wow the 6-5, 260-pounder as he's expected to take an official visit to see Chizik's program.

With Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State at the top of his list, Mobile defensive end Devaunte Sigler will travel to the Plains this weekend for the first of those three trips to see his finalists. Finishing his senior year with over 80 tackles, Sigler is a 6-3, 250-pounder that is expected to get his start at defensive end but could move inside down the road.

Devaunte Sigler

In addition to this outstanding group of prospects Auburn is also expected to have in three players already committed to the Tigers for their official visits.

Defensive lineman Angelo Blackson, wide receiver Sammie Coates and linebacker Justin Garrett are all scheduled to take official visits to Auburn. A massive defensive tackle, Blackson is rated a four-star prospect as is Garrett at the linebacker position. A three-star prospect from Leroy, all Coates did is help his team to the Class 2A state title and then follow that with a win in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game last weekend.

Justin Garrett

Chizik said he is excited about the quality of prospects scheduled to take official visits this weekend.

"We have a huge recruiting weekend this weekend and that will kind of culminate our recruiting (period)," Chizik said, noting the recruiting calendar goes into a period starting on Sunday night that prohibits off-campus visits by coaches.

"We have some great, great recruits coming in," the coach added. "This weekend it will be a big weekend for us. We will really get into practice heavy next week."

Chizik said practice for the SEC Championship Game was a priority for the coaching staff the first week that coaches could hit the road in the current recruiting contact period. Then the following week some of Auburn's coaches worked in their recruiting around the awards ceremonies with Auburn players and coaches being honored.

"It has been a lot of work because we have tried to balance going to these awards and being there for these kids and their families while still trying to maintain a balance of making sure we don't get behind in recruiting," Chizik said.

"Playing in the SEC Championship is obviously great for your program, but it also puts you about a week behind everybody else in terms of going out on the road and going face to face in recruiting so we had to catch up from that. It has been a whirl-wind, but it has been a great whirl-wind."


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