With much of the class already set and several of Auburn's top targets having already visited and more scheduled for next weekend, this weekend is a celebration for Auburn's commitments with eight of the expected visitors already pledged to the Tigers. Included in that group is linebacker Chris Landrum from Sweet Water High.
At 6-3 and up to 234 pounds, Landrum is the prototypical big linebacker for the next level who can also run. Despite a foot injury that kept him from being full speed much of his senior year, Landrum finished things off in style by winning the game MVP as the Bulldogs won the 1A State Championship in Jordan-Hare Stadium in early December.
This time Landrum will be back in the stadium as part of a weekend full of festivities including the celebration for Auburn's BCS National Championship. Very familiar with Auburn and everything about Chizik's program already, Landrum said he's excited about seeing a different side of things this weekend.
"That they won the championship makes it that much more exciting to be down there on the weekend they're celebrating," Landrum said. "I have no idea what it's going to be like just that it's going to be crazy."
Jordan-Hare Stadium is being set up for Saturday's championship celebration.
Knowing what it takes to win a championship, Landrum said he really enjoyed watching this Auburn team come together during the season and eventually win it all in 2010.
"They're just real scrappy and they never give up," Landrum said of Auburn. "They never have a doubt in their mind that they can't win any game they're in. That really helps a lot when it comes to the fourth quarter and all the close games they were in. Their leadership and mindset helped them finish off those games."
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In addition to Landrum fellow commitments Jaylon Denson, Kiehl Frazier, Kris Frost, Kemiya Harrell, Jabrian Niles, Anthony Swain and C.J. Uzomah are also expected in for official visits. In addition Auburn is expected to play host to a pair of potential walk-ons for special teams. Punter Ellis Smith from LaGrange (Ga.) High and deep snapper Kyle Crofoot (6-4, 230) from First Academy in Orlando.
Blessed with a strong leg, the 6-0, 200 Smith is likely a kickoff specialist on the next level but could also be a punter. In 2010 he averaged 38 yards on 43 punts for the Grangers with 30 of his 38 kickoffs going for touchbacks. He was 5-16 on field goals with a long of 56 yards and connected on 20-24 extra points.
Crofoot is the younger brother of former Auburn special teams performers Chaz and Clayton Crofoot. If he walks on and plays college football he would become the fifth brother to play Division I football in his family and all on walked on for special teams.
One of the top prospects in the South, Valley High's Erique Florence, was scheduled to take an official visit to the University of Alabama, but he is expected to attend Auburn's national championship ceremony instead.