Talented Group Of Players Expected For JR Day

Commitments Dee Liner and Trey Johnson along with top players from all over the South are expected in for Auburn's First Junior Day this Saturday.

Mobile, Ala.—It's never too early to start the recruiting process in this day and age and for the Auburn Tigers that means hosting the first of several Junior Days on campus beginning this Saturday. With prospects expected in from across the Southeast, Coach Gene Chizik and his staff will begin the long road of recruiting players for the 2013 class.

One of the players that will be on campus is 6-1, 175 quarterback/athlete Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen High in Mobile. The catalyst for a big season for the Yellow Jackets, Smith averaged nearly nine yards per carry last season while rushing for over 700 yards and four touchdowns. He also added over 1,200 yards passing with 13 more schools through the air.

Smith said that he's still waiting on his first offer to come on board but he's already hearing from several schools including Auburn. "I have gotten some letters from Auburn," Smith said. "They got in touch with my head coach (Bart Sessions) and invited me up for Junior Day. It's pretty exciting.

"I'm hearing from quite a few SEC schools," he added. "I have a lot of coaches talking about offering me. I think Alabama and Florida State are close. Ole Miss is too. I really haven't talked to them about a position, but I really want to play quarterback wherever I go."

Making his first trip to Auburn on Saturday, Smith said he's anxious to see the campus and facilities and get a chance to talk to the coaches. "Auburn is great," Smith said. "It's a nice school. It would be a nice place to go. I'm just looking forward to seeing everything Saturday."

Currently playing basketball for the 17-5 Yellow Jackets, Smith is averaging 18 points per game.

Auburn is already off to a strong start for the 2013 class and two of the players already on board are expected to visit this weekend. One of the top junior defensive linemen in the country, Dee Liner chose Auburn over Alabama and dozens of other schools out of Muscle Shoals. A dominant player at both the Under Armour and U.S. Army Junior Combines in early January, Liner is expected to visit this weekend along with fellow commitment linebacker Trey Johnson from Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Dee Liner

They are just a pair of the many outstanding juniors expected to be on hand for Saturday's Junior Day. From inside the state wide receivers Earnest Robinson from Pinson Valley and DeAndre Woods from Clay-Chalkville have both received early offers from the Tigers and are expected in this weekend along with offensive linemen Cameron Fraser from Central-Phenix City, Grant Hill from Huntsville, and Alan Taylor from Cleburne County.

Earnest Robinson

Perhaps the top overall player at this year's Super Six Championships in Tuscaloosa, wide receiver/athlete Jarren Johnson from Jackson High is also expected in on Saturday. A physical runner after the catch, Johnson earned MVP honors as the Tigers won the 4A State Title. From Spain Park, defensive lineman Jacob Chaffin has a chance to be a top prospect coming out in 2013 as well.

Jarren Johnson

One of the top kickers in the country for the 2013 class is also expected to visit on Saturday as well. Kicking for Westminister in Atlanta, 6-4 Harrison Butker had a huge junior season as he made 16-17 field goal attempts with nine coming from more than 40 yards. Also 47 of his 59 kickoffs went for touchbacks and he averaged 39.5 yards on 33 punts. For his efforts he was named National Player of the Year by Ray Guy Prokicker.com.

A four-star prospect and expected to be one of the top defensive linemen in the nation for 2013, Jason Hatcher from Trinity High in Louisville, Ken., is expected in on Saturday. Also coming in will be standout defensive end Carl Lawson from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga. Lawson is a 6-4, 250 defensive end that recently received his first offer from UCLA.

Carl Lawson

The defensive line is always a focus and the State of Georgia has three of the best coming in this weekend. Montravious Adams from Dooly County High in Vienna, Ga., is one of the best in the South for 2013. He's expected in along with Kelsey Griffin from Mill Creek (Ga.) High and Isaac Rochell from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough.

A player that has already been to Auburn and has an offer from the Tigers is expected in as well in safety Nick Washington from Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, Fla. Already a four-star prospect by Scout.com and with offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina and several others, Washington will be one of the top defensive backs in the South for 2013.

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