This is easily the biggest recruiting weekend to date this fall for Coach Gene Chizik's program.
A player who has visited Auburn numerous times in the past year, Jordan Jenkins from Harris County High in Hamilton, Ga., is rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com and the number six defensive end in the country. With Alabama and Florida very high on his list and also looking at Georgia, this weekend could be big for Auburn to make a strong pitch to the speedy pass rusher.
One of the top offensive linemen in California is visiting Auburn this weekend. Big Matt Cochran is from Buhach Colony High in Atwater. The 6-3, 320-pounder visited Auburn during the summer and grew up near Birmingham so he's very familiar with the Auburn program. He said he's also considering California, Washington and Utah with other schools such as Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Stanford and UCLA also in the mix.
Defensive end Leonard Williams
Defensive linemen are always at a premium and one of the best in the South will be in Auburn this weekend for an official visit. Leonard Williams is a four-star prospect and the number 25 defensive end in the country. At 6-5, 250 pounds he has the size to be a dominant player early in his career out of Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson and Tennessee are just some of the other schools on the list for Williams.
A trio of commitments expected in for official visits this weekend are offensive tackle Shane Callahan from Chaparral High in Parker, Col., wide receiver Ricardo Louis from Miami Beach High and defensive back T.J. Davis from Godby High in Tallahassee, Fla. Choosing the Tigers over loads of other offers from across the country following a visit for Big Cat Weekend, Callahan is a four-star prospect and is rated as the No. 24 tackle in the nation by Scout.com.
Playing mostly quarterback as a junior for Miami Beach High, the four-star Louis is playing mostly running back and wide receiver as a senior and it has been a big move for him. Choosing Auburn over Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, Alabama and several other schools, the 6-2, 200 Louis is rated the No. 31 receiver in the country by Scout.com.
Davis is a talented defensive back who also had his choice of several top colleges including Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State and TCU. The 6-1, 175-pounder with 4.4 speed plays cornerback and will likely get his first look there for the Tigers. Davis said for him it was all about the family atmosphere on the Plains that made the difference.
"I told everybody I was looking for a good environment and Auburn has a great environment," Davis said. "I was looking for a coaching staff that is like a family because after football, you have to do something. They've got a great family thing going on up there."
In addition to the official visitors, Auburn is expected to have outstanding prospects from across the region on hand Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Included in that list for the 2012 class is the nation's top linebacker Kwon Alexander from Oxford, four-star defensive tackle and FSU commitment Justin Shanks from Prattville as well as commitments Darrion Hutcherson, Ricky Parks, Zeke Pike, Gimel President, Jovon Robinson, Jaquay Williams and T.J. Yeldon.
Also from the 2012 class are defensive lineman Jeremy Boyd from Hoover, athlete Rocky Hayes from Cleburne County, Francis Kallon from Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga., Clay Machen from Auburn High, Jay Minor from Prattville, Sheldon Rankins from Eastside High in Covington, Ga., and Jalen Whitlow from Prattville.
There are also expected to be a large group of junior prospects on hand as well led by commitments Trey Johnson from Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga., and Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals. In addition Alabama early commitment linebacker Reuben Foster from Troup County (Ga.) High, quarterback Jeremy Johnson from Carver (Montgomery), defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Grayson (Ga.) High, linebacker Cameron Toney from Huntsville High, running back A.J. Turman from Boone High in Orlando, and wide receiver DeAndre Woods from Clay-Chalkville High in Pinson are expected to be on hand for Saturday night's game.
Other juniors include linebacker Chase Alford from Heritage High in Conyers, Ga., offensive lineman Jonathan Boring from Lexington, S.C., LSU commitment cornerback Jeryl Brazil from Loranger, La., offensive lineman Aulden Bynum from Valwood (Ga.) High, offensive lineman Josh Cardiello from Buford, Ga., running back Wayne Gallman from Grayson High in Loganville, Ga., defensive lineman Ulrich Jones from Oxford, and offensive lineman Brian Kublanow from Walton High in Marietta, Ga.