Linebacker Recruits Expected to Visit Auburn

A big group of commitments and two top linebackers head the list of expected football recruits visiting Auburn for Saturday's season opener for the defending BCS National Champions.

Auburn, Ala.—Auburn's season opener this weekend against Utah State will be the first opportunity for prospects to get a look at the defending BCS National Champions and several top recruits are expected to be in attendance at Jordan-hare Stadium.

Among that group are two of the top linebackers left on Auburn's board in Oxford's Kwon Alexander and Javiie Mitchell from Leeds. Rated the nation's top linebacker by Scout.com, Alexander has Auburn in his top five while the speedy Mitchell recently added an offer from Georgia and is looking at the Bulldogs along with Mississippi State, Alabama and Tennessee in addition to Auburn.

Kwon Alexander

They will have a chance to interact with several Auburn commitments while in town as Darrion Hutcherson, Ricky Parks, Zeke Pike, Gimel President and Jaquay Williams are all expected to be in for Saturday's game along with 2013 verbal commitment Trey Johnson from Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga. Joining the group will be the younger brother of Parks, Ricktez Parks, who is just a sophomore at Callaway High in Hogansville, Ga., but is already receiving attention from colleges.

One of the most intriguing prospects who could be in Auburn this weekend is 2012 safety Kene Orjioke from Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga. A 6-4, 190-pounder who transferred to Lassiter from California, he has seen his stock skyrocket since opening the 2011 season. He'll be joined by teammate and 2013 quarterback prospect Eddie Printz. Cincinnati, Kentucky, Purdue, SMU and North Carolina State are some of the early offers for the quarterback.

Other young prospects for the 2013 class expected in this weekend are wide receiver DeAndre Woods from Clay-Chalkville, athlete Dee Smith from LaGrange, Ga., High, cornerback Shaquille Wiggins from Westlake High in Atlanta, linebacker Corey Griffin from Heard County (Ga.), and tight end Hunter Henry from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark.


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