Bluechip Linemen Visiting Auburn

Highly-rated offensive line prospects as well as highly-rated defensive line prospects are scheduled for visits at Auburn the final weekend before national signing day.

Auburn, Ala.--Scout.com's No. 1 ranked offensive tackle and a highly-regarded defensive tackle prospect are headliners for the official visit list this weekend for the national football champion Auburn Tigers.

Also expected to visit is a former Auburn High School player who had previously committed to the University of Alabama. He has a four star Scout.com ranking as does a big offensive lineman from Tennessee who is on Auburn's visit list.

Cyrus Kouandjio, a 6-7, 295 pound senior, is scheduled to make the trip to Auburn from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., where he is rated as the top offensive tackle prospect in America. He will be making his first visit to Auburn.

Gabe Wright

In contrast, Gabe Wright, a 6-4, 300-pound defensive tackle from Carver High in Columbus, Ga., has been a regular visitor to Auburn in the past year. Wright is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and is ranked as the No. 11 defensive tackle prospect in America.

Also scheduled for an official visit is 6-7, 270 defensive end LaMichael Fanning from Harris County, Ga., High. He played at Auburn High as a junior. Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, he committed to Alabama in December.

LaMichael Fanning

Fanning had previously visited Auburn unofficially in the spring and summer when he was a student at Auburn High, but had been leaning toward the Tide, the first college that offered him a scholarship when he was playing football as a sophomore at Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga.

Four-star offensive lineman Antonio Richardson from Pearl-Cohn High in Nashville is rated as the No. 18 offensive tackle prospect in the country. He took an official visit last week to the University of Tennessee.

Antonio Richardson

A U.S. Army All-American, he has a long list of suitors, but has been difficult to get a read on where he will attend college. Some believed that Notre Dame was the team to beat, but he eliminated the Irish from consideration earlier this month.

Kuandijo was a standout performer at the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month where he played on the offensive line with Auburn commitments offensive Thomas O'Reilly, Reese Dismukes and Christian Westerman.

Quarterback Kiehl Frazier, another Auburn commitment who played in the all-star game, has joined the linemen in encouraging Kouandjio to join them on the 2011 AU football team.

Dismukes and O'Reilly, who are both early graduates from high school, are currently enrolled as freshmen at Auburn and will be able to participate in spring training as well as the annual A-Day football game set for April 16th.

Kouandjio is also considering Iowa, where he visited last weekend, along with Alabama, where his brother, Arie Kouandjio, is a freshman offensive lineman. Scout's top rated tackle said he is also considering the University of New Mexico.

Wright, who visited Tennessee last weekend, is considering the Vols along with Alabama where he has also taken an official visit. Like Kouandjio the defensive lineman played in the Under Armour All-American game earlier this month.

With the Tigers graduating two defensive tackles and losing redshirt junior Nick Fairley to the NFL Draft, defensive linemen like Wright are high priority recruits for the Tigers class.

Another prospect who could be in for an official visit is 6-5, 246 David Reeves, a three-star prospect from Greensboro High the Tigers are recruiting as a defensive player. Reeves, who also plays tight end, has a scholarship offer from Duke.

David Reeves

The is the last weekend for official visits prior to national signing day on Wednesday. Chizik's Tigers are expected to bring in a full allotment of 25 prospects in the 2011 signee class to help fill the void left by a large group of 24 seniors who were a part of the national championship 2010 team.

Coach Gene Chizik and his staff may bring in additional prospects for visits this weekend, but they are running out of room to add signees for the 2011 class. The Tigers have been busy on the recruiting front this week picking up commitments from a trio of highly-regarded high school seniors--tight end Brandon Fulse, running back Tre Mason and defensive end Devaunte Sigler. On Wednesday Sigler and Mason pledged to the Tigers and Fulse did it on Thursday. That increases Auburn's total of commitments to 22.

Those three commitments also pushed the Tigers up in the Scout.com team recruiting rankings to third behind Texas and Florida State. Auburn moved past Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State in the rankings.


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