Bluechip Prospects Taking Visits to Auburn

Auburn is expecting five star recruits to be in the impressive group of prospects on campus this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--The annual Iron Bowl football game is always a festive and lively time in the state of Alabama and it will be particularly so for Coach Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers this weekend.

With the game on the Auburn campus at Jordan-Hare Stadium it's a chance for the Tigers to play host to one of the largest and most talented groups of visitors at any time of the year.

A player expected to make a return trip to Auburn from the Washington, D.C., area for an official visit is the speedy Cyrus Jones from Gilman School in Baltimore. A five-star wide receiver and ranked fifth at that position in the country by Scout.com, Jones is being recruited as an athlete by Auburn who could play on either side of the ball.

It will be his second trip to Auburn, but his first chance to see a game in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Jones noted that he is looking forward to seeing the Iron Bowl rivalry in person after hearing about it and watching it on TV.

"It's going to be something," he said. "You always watch it on TV and hear the stories about it. I'm just grateful that I get the chance to see it in person."

With Alabama and Virginia Tech high on his list along with Auburn, Jones said he's looking forward to seeing how a game day is on the Plains so he can begin to compare and contrast the Tigers and Crimson Tide.

"There's not much difference," Jones said. "The coaches are pretty much similar. They are real genuine and family-type atmospheres. Both are big-time football and two of the best schools in the country. You can't go wrong with any of them. I'm just going to take my time with it and see where I feel most comfortable."

In addition to Jones, Auburn is expecting a large and talented group of official visitors for the Iron Bowl this weekend:

Kwon Alexander

Rated the nation's top outside linebacker prospect, Oxford High School's Kwon Alexander suffered a knee injury during this season that forced him to miss the rest of his senior year. The 6-2, 210-pounder has visited Auburn unofficially this season for both the Mississippi State and Florida games and is expected to travel to the Plains for an official visit after his team plays at Hoover in the 6A semi-finals Friday night.

He is also looking at Alabama, Oregon, LSU and Florida. Alexander had nearly 300 tackles and 26 sacks in his sophomore and junior seasons combined.

Another top prospect at his position, offensive lineman Evan Boehm from Lee's Summit, Mo., West High, is rated as the number one center in the country by Scout.com and he recently opened his recruiting after being committed to the Missouri Tigers.

Deciding to take an official visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl, the 6-3, 295 Boehm is also looking at Iowa and Oklahoma as possible visits in addition to Missouri.

Evan Boehm (pronounced Baim)

A five-star prospect and the number four defensive tackle in the nation, big Eddie Goldman from Edison-Friendship Charter in Washington, D.C., is expected in for the Iron Bowlfor an official visit this weekend after taking earlier visits to Florida State for the Oklahoma game and most recently to Alabama for the LSU game. He is also expected to visit Miami as well before making his decision.

It will be Goldman's second visit to Auburn after taking a trip in April.

A position of need for the Auburn Tigers in the 2012 recruiting class is offensive tackle and one of the players already on board is massive Will Latu from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. Originally from St. Petersburg, Fla., Latu committed to West Virginia earlier in the summer before switching to Auburn. His trip to Auburn this weekend will be for an official visit.

A redshirt his first season out of Gibbs High at Division II Northwestern State in South Dakota, the 6-5, 315-pounder will have two years to play two seasons once he arrives in Auburn next summer.

One of the most productive players in Alabama this high school season, running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne is expected to take his official visit to Auburn this weekend after his team was eliminated from the Class 6A playoffs last weekend at Prattville.

One of 16 finalists for the U.S. Army National Player of the Year, Yeldon ran for 2,193 yards and 31 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior for the Trojans. He also caught 19 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown.

T.J. Yeldon

Linebacker is a position where the Tigers are looking to add talent and one of the players already on board is big Cassanova McKinzy from Woodlawn High in Birmingham. At 6-3, 230 pound, McKinzy is a physical presence in the middle. He also played running back and fullback on offense as well as some defensive end for the Colonels as a senior. He's expected to take more recruiting trips in addition to this weekend's official visit to Auburn, but said he is solidly committed to Auburn.

Gimel President

Choosing Auburn in late July over North Carolina, South Carolina and more than a dozen other schools, defensive lineman Gimel President is expected to take his official visit to the Plains this weekend as well.

The 6-4, 250-pounder finished his senior year with 77 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 13 games.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said it is an important recruiting weekend for the Tigers. "We will have some good recruits coming and we are excited about that," he said. "Certainly, it is a week we can show all of the recruits the direction of the program, which is really important. We feel great where we are headed, no question about it."

Chizik said the recruits will see in person that the Auburn coach staff is not shy about playing freshmen. "They will see they will have the same opportunities next year in terms of playing time that so many of our young guys had last year," the coach pointed out. "I think it is going to be a great weekend."


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