Five-Star Recruiting Weekend For Tigers

Auburn is expected to have nine official visitors on campus this weekend including a pair of five-star prospects.

Auburn, Ala.—With signing day drawing closer and recruiting hitting the home stretch, the Auburn Tigers and Coach Gene Chizik will have one of their biggest visitor lists of the year this weekend as a pair of five-star prospects headline an all-star group expected to be on the Plains for official visits.

Ranked as the top offensive tackle prospect in the country and the number two overall prospect, massive 6-8, 275 Arik Armstead from Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, Cal., is a player that is capable of playing defensive end on the next level as well and that has meant offers from coast to coast for him. Originally committed to USC where his brother Armond Armstead has played the last four years, he opened his recruiting back up and that has made him a top priority for teams.

Having already visited Alabama, California, Notre Dame and Oregon officially, this weekend's visit to Auburn will wind up the visits for Armstead. Focusing on Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon and Texas in addition to Auburn, Armstead is expected to choose from those five schools perhaps as early as next week. His brother will also be along on the trip and is looking for a school to play his final season after leaving Lane Kiffin's program.

A five-star prospect and the number two wide receiver in the nation, speedy Stefon Diggs from Good Counsel High in Olney, MD is scheduled to take a visit to Auburn this weekend. Having already visited California, Diggs is also looking at Florida, Maryland, and LSU as possible visit destinations. Making his second visit to the Plains to see Auburn's campus and talk to the coaches, Diggs said the family atmosphere is something that stood out about the Tigers on his first trip.

"I had a great time," Diggs said following his first trip. "I met a lot of people. They welcomed me as a family there. The people. It's a family. War Eagle. They showed me a lot. The main thing is I fell in love with the wide receiver coach, the tradition and the family."

Stefon Diggs

A player that has seen his recruiting explode in recent weeks after video of him playing safety as a senior hit the internet, athletic Jordan Moore from MLK High in Lithonia, Ga., is an interesting player with 6-2, 08 size and the speed to be one of the top high school hurdlers in the country. Originally committed to LSU for track, in addition to Auburn he noted that he is being recruited by "TCU, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, East Carolina and others."

In addition to five-star visitors from both the West Coast and East Coast and the sleeper prospect Moore, Auburn will also have a big group of players already committed to the Tigers on hand for official visits this weekend. Included in that group are a pair of cornerbacks in four-star prospect Josh Holsey from Fairburn, Ga., and speedy Jonathan Jones from Carrollton, Ga. Both have been longtime verbal commitments to the Tigers and are expected to sign on the dotted line in February.

Josh Holsey

Rated the nation's number 22 running back prospect, Jovon Robinson may be the only player Auburn takes at the position this year and that makes him a high priority recruit for Chizik's Tigers. A physical player at Wooddale High, Robinson was injured during his senior year but still managed to rush for over 1,200 yards and score 14 touchdowns. Back healthy after the season he was named as one of the MVP's for a Memphis All-Star Game after running for two touchdowns.

The same is true of four-star prospect Jaquay Williams from Georgia. Staying true to Auburn despite Georgia and several more schools making a strong push for him, Williams is expected in this weekend to Auburn and is still undecided about any future visits. A standout at an all-star game in Arizona, Williams had a big touchdown catch for his team.

Making a move up the Scout.com rankings has been four-star defensive tackle Tyler Nero from Escambia County high in Atmore. Now in the Top 100 in the country, the 6-2, 285 playmaker picked Auburn over Alabama and several more schools and is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Tyler Nero

Also on the line, but of the offensive variety, is big Robert Leff from Fairhope. Choosing the Tigers after first committing to Southern Miss, Leff was a dominant force for the Pirates as a senior and got an offer from Auburn following his senior year.


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