Auburn, Ala.—It will be a huge recruiting weekend for the Auburn Tigers as a large group of official visitors for the Iron Bowl will be joined by an impressive group of unofficial visitors to check out Coach Gene Chizik's program.
Leading the charge will be commitments such as Darrion Hutcherson, Ricardo Louis, Zeke Pike and 2013 commitment Dee Liner, but they are far from the only big names that will be in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.
One of the top defensive back prospects in the country, Deon Bush from Christopher Columbus High in Miami has already visited Auburn officially, but will make a return trip this weekend to see the Iron Bowl. Another senior prospect that is expected in this weekend is defensive end Chris Casher from Mobile. Ineligible to play this season after transferring to Davidson from Faith Academy, Casher is rated a four-star prospect and is a Florida State commitment.
Having already made his official visit to Auburn, defensive end Channing Ward from Aberdeen, Miss., is also expected to take a visit this weekend. The 6-4, 250 Ward is Ward said at the moment he's planning to visit Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State after having already visited LSU. He said he plans to choose from those five schools either at the Under Armour Game or closer to signing day.
In addition to the senior prospects that will be on hand there will be a large group of underclassmen that will be among the top players in the country in 2013. A speedy wide receiver, Shelton Gibson is from Cleveland Heights, Ohio that received an early offer from the Tigers and visited for a camp over the summer.
Another Florida State commitment expected to be on hand is 2013 offensive tackle Austin Golson from Prattville. A physical player that will have a chance to be among the country's top offensive linemen next year, Golson has been a frequent visitor to Auburn in the last year. Also coming in will be a trio of talented junior wide receiver prospects B.J. Hammonds from Gadsden City, Earnest Robinson from Pinson Valley, and DeAndre Woods from Clay-Chalkville.
A talented athlete that could play either offense or defense on the next level, Cam Luper from Auburn High is also expected to take an unofficial visit this weekend. He is the stepson of Auburn running backs Coach Curtis Luper and plays quarterback in high school as well as returning punts. Another talented skill player expected in is James Quick from Trinity High in Louisville, Ken.
Playing for Coach Jimmy Perry at St. Paul's in Mobile, Jordan Huff is expected to be one of the top players in Alabama next season even though he hurt his knee as a junior and had surgery that forced him to miss the playoffs. He's expected to be in for a visit along with O.J. Howard from Autauga Academy. Although he's an Alabama commitment Howard has been to three Auburn games this season in addition to camping with the Tigers.
The defensive line is always a priority and two players to keep an eye on in the 2012 class could be in for unofficial visits this weekend. A massive lineman from Oxford that could play on either side of the ball, Ulrich Jones visited Auburn last weekend and will be back in Jordan-Hare Stadium once again. Also expected back for a visit is 6-3, 245 defensive end Carl Lawson from Milton, Ga., High. Lawson is a physical presence coming off the edge for the Eagles.
Others include offensive linemen Brandon Kublanow from Walton High in Marietta, Ga., Nigel Phillips from Griffin, Ga., and Alan Taylor from Cleburne County High in Heflin. Also expected in is 2013 linebacker Cameron Toney from Huntsville High.