It won't be just Auburn and its fans celebrating this weekend though as a large group of football prospects will be on hand to check out the festivities. In addition to high school seniors on official visits, the Tigers will play host to junior prospects who are making the trip to Auburn to check out Coach Gene Chizik's program.
Auburn commitment Michael Flint
Since he arrived at Auburn two years ago Chizik has pounded home the need for the Tigers to be strong in terms of in-state recruiting and they've done just that with a big group last year and another talented class of Alabama players already on board for 2011. There are plenty of top juniors already looking at Auburn and many of them are planning to be in this weekend.
Among them are offensive line commitment Michael Flint from Oxford as well as talented teammates Kwon Alexander and Trae Elston. Alexander is rated a five-star prospect while Elston could play on offense or defense on the next level.
The Class 4A MVP in the state title game, athlete Tyler Hayes from Thomasville is also expected to take an unofficial visit along with defensive back Chris Humes from Spain Park, linebacker Javier Mitchell from Leeds, offensive tackle Caleb Peterson from Auburn, defensive tackle Justin Shanks from Prattville, and running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne.
Other in-state talents expected in are Prattville teammates wide receiver Kordell Arrington and defensive lineman Jay Minor, running back Willie Curry from Enterprise and quarterback KeDarius Humphries from Sidney Lanier.
From outside Alabama the names are just as impressive. Running back Imani Cross from North Hall is one of three players from the school expected in along with quarterback Kanler Coker and wide receiver C.J. Curry.
One of the most athletic quarterback prospects in the country for 2012, Matt Davis from Klein Forest High in Houston, Tex., is taking his second visit to Auburn after visiting the Plains before his junior season. He is a four-star prospect as rated by Scout.com.
Other expected visitors include tight end Kurt Freitag from Buford (Ga.), offensive lineman D.J. Humphries from Charlotte (N.C.), defensive tackle Nick James from Long Beach (Miss.), defensive end Jordan Jenkins from Hamilton (Ga.), defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey from DeFuniak Springs (Fla.), Kenderius Whitehead from Monroe (Ga.), lineman Quinteze Williams from Tyrone (Ga.), four-star running back Trey Williams from Houston's Dekaney High School.