The State of Alabama has been a focal point for Chizik and his staff since they arrived on the job and that's again the case for the 2012 class as several of the top prospects from in-state could be in on Saturday beginning with Auburn's newest commitment Cassanova McKinzy from Woodlawn.
On the offensive side of the football there is wealth of talent in-state next season with running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne expected to visit on Saturday along with wide receiver Alex Taylor from West Limestone. Up front big Caleb Peterson from Auburn High is one of the top linemen in the South for next season and is scheduled to take another visit on campus.
If the names from inside Alabama are outstanding, the players from outside the state are downright mind blowing led by Marshall. The son of former Denver Bronco player Warren Marshall, he ran for over 1,000 yards each of the last two seasons and has offers from across the country.
He's just one of several players from North Carolina expected in on Saturday along with linebacker Nick Dawson from Phillip O'Berry High in Charlotte, linebacker/running back Todd Gurley from Talboro, defensive lineman Khadree Hooker from Deep Run, and wide receiver Germone Hopper also from Phillip O'Berry.
With limited depth at wide receiver that's going to be a position of need and one of the best in the country is big Jaquay Williams from Heard County. A three-star prospect, the 6-4, 200 receiver is expected back for his second junior day this month at Auburn. Another standout wide receiver expected in is Drae Bowles from Jackson (TN) Christian. Ranked as a three-star prospect, he has offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and several others. Also at the tight end position Justin Meredith is rated as the fifth-best prospect in the South by Scout.com. The Anderson, S.C., native is expected in on Saturday.
At the offensive tackle position one of the best in the country is Shane Callahan from Chaparral High in Parker, Colorado. That's not a normal place to recruit for Auburn but winning a national championship can definitely broaden the scope of your recruiting. A four-star prospect, Callahan has offers from coast to coast.
The son of former Auburn lineman Rob Shuler, Graham Shuler is a standout at Brentwood Academy just outside of Nashville. He's a frequent visitor to Auburn and has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Louisville, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Also expected in is three-star tackle Kennedy Estelle from Dawson High in Pearland, Tex. At 6-7, 305, Estelle has offers from Auburn, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M and many other schools.
Another place that is not normally an Auburn recruiting area is Pennsylvania but that's where one of the visitors for Saturday calls home. Offensive lineman Ian Park from Upper St. Clair is a three-star player at guard according to Scout.com and has early offers from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Maryland and others.
On the defensive side of the ball cornerback Josh Holsey is one of the best in the South. The standout from Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga., Holsey has been a frequent visitor to Auburn and is expected back on Saturday.
Another standout defensive end from a neighboring state expected to visit is Channing Ward from Aberdeen, Miss. A four-star with offers from Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Texas along with the in-state schools, Ward had over 100 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior.