A-Day Visitor List Impressive One For Tigers

Auburn is expecting a large group of prospects in town for Saturday's A-Day game.

Auburn, Ala.--Spring football games are always a time when high school players from across the country visit colleges to get a taste of what football is like on campus and that will be the case this weekend at Auburn as top prospects will be on the Plains to check out Coach Gene Chizik's program.

Quarterback is always a position that gets the headlines and three of the most talented prospects in the country are expected to visit Auburn. Five-star Zeke Pike from Ft. Mitchell, Ken., four-star Matt Davis from Houston, Tex., and four-star Jeremy Liggins from Oxford, Miss., are scheduled to be in Auburn.

Jeremy Liggins is a large QB from the state of Mississippi.

Rated as the number three, four, and 12 quarterbacks in the country respectively by Scout.com, all have made previous visits to Auburn and have the Tigers high on their list. Especially intriguing is Pike. The 6-6, 225-pounder has made trips to Tennessee, Clemson and Georgia in recent days and is expected to be in Auburn all weekend. He's expected to narrow his list down following the visit as he prepares for spring football practice.

Without a doubt one of the areas of focus for Auburn's coaching staff in the 2012 signing class is at the defensive tackle position and a player to keep an eye on is four-star prospect Nick James from Long Beach, Miss. With offers from Florida, LSU, Miami, Tennessee and all three Mississippi schools in addition to Auburn, the 6-5, 335 James has plenty of options to choose from.

Nick James

Offensive line is always a point of emphasis in recruiting and several top prospects are expected in for Saturday's game including Auburn commitment Michael Flint from Oxford. Ranked as the No. 22 guard prospect in the country, Flint was Auburn's first commitment for the 2012 class. He's expected to be joined by a couple of the nation's top linemen in Ty Darlington and Caleb Peterson.

A four-star prospect and the nation's number three center, Darlington has been a frequent visitor to Auburn out of Apopka, Fla. He was in town for a recent spring scrimmage and is expected back in for the A-Day game this weekend. At the moment Darlington has Auburn among his favorites along with Oklahoma, Florida State, Miami, Iowa and Virginia Tech.

Playing for Auburn High, Peterson plays left tackle for the Tigers, but is rated the No. 15 guard in the country. Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Stanford and several others have offered Peterson including Southern Miss where his brother is currently an offensive lineman.

Caleb Peterson

There will be plenty of speed to go with the muscle this weekend as Kordell Arrington from Prattville, Quadarian Broome from Ozark, Willie Curry from Enterprise, Russell Hansbrough from Arlington (Tex.), Josh Holsey from Fairburn (Ga.), DeAndre Jasper from Miami, Avery Johnson from Pompano Beach (Fla.), Kenno Loyal from Decatur (Ga.), Javiie Mitchell from Leeds, Dominique Wheeler from Crockett (Tex.), and T.J. Yeldon from Daphne are all expected in for Saturday's festivities.

Javiie Mitchell

Rated a three-star by Scout.com, Hansbrough has had the Tigers high on his list since visiting for a team camp last summer. At the moment the Bowie High standout has the Tigers and TCU as his top two heading into his weekend visit.

A frequent visitor and up to 11 offers, Holsey is a 5-9 corner from Creekside High who has Auburn as his favorite. Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Ole Miss are the other schools of interest including his most recent offer, the LSU Tigers.

Jasper is a 5-9 speedster out of Jackson High who could play either wide receiver or cornerback on the next level. He reports offers from Auburn, Arizona State, Florida State, Ole Miss, South Florida and Virginia among others. An LSU commitment, Johnson is rated as the number nine wide receiver in the country out of Ely High and has dozens of offers.

Rated a four-star prospect, Wheeler has offers from around the country, but the 6-1, 175-pounder has had Auburn high on his list for some time along with LSU, Oklahoma and TCU.

Also a four-star, although at the running back position, Yeldon has already visited Auburn this spring and could be back for a second time on the Plains in a month.

Several talented underclassmen are also expected to visit Auburn this weekend including Montgomery quarterbacks K.D. Humphries from Sidney Lanier and Jeremy Johnson from Carver, athlete Gray King from Marist High in Atlanta, offensive lineman Steve Wallace Jr. from Marist, and defensive lineman Brian Whitaker from Westside High in Macon, Ga., who is the brother of Auburn defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker.


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