With many of Auburn's current commitments on hand to join in the fun and games, it has the chance to be yet another big weekend for Gene Chizik and his staff.
One of the headliners for the weekend is big defensive lineman Montravius Adams from Dooly County, Ga., High School. Rated the top defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, the 6-4, 302-pounder has offers from just about every major program in the country and is looking at several closely including Georgia, LSU, Oregon, USC and TCU in addition to Auburn. As a junior he made 84 tackles with 45 coming for a loss and also added 10 sacks.
A four-star prospect and the number 20 running back in the country, Tyshon Dye has made several trips to Auburn and arrived early for the event on Friday because of family obligations during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Looking at Tennessee and South Carolina heavily along with the Tigers, he said Georgia and Clemson remain in the hunt as well. He ran for over 1,500 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior.
A defensive back who has seen his stock soar in recent months is Jonathan Cook from Spanish Fort High. A 5-11, 175-pounder with good speed and quickness, Cook has offers from Arkansas State, Louisville, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Penn State and South Alabama with both Auburn and Alabama looking closely at him.
Along with Dye, another top running back prospect expected in this weekend is speedy Ryan Green (5-11, 190) from St. Pete Catholic High (Fla.). Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee are all trying to keep him from staying in state with Florida and Florida State both high on his list. A four-star prospect, he ran for just over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in 2011.
There is no question that the tight end position is one the Tigers continue to target and a big visitor this weekend is expected to be 6-6, 240 A.J. Jackson from Lovejoy, Ga., High. With a top four of Auburn, Clemson, Missouri and Virginia, Jackson has offers into the double-digits and is rated the #12 tight end in the country by .
A talented quarterback for Carol City High in Miami, speedy Lemond Johnson (6-0, 190) is rated a three-star prospect at wide receiver by Scout.com and is expected to visit Auburn this weekend. Holding offers from the Tigers along with Boston, College, South Florida, Purdue and Vanderbilt among others, Johnson is a talented player who is poised to have a big senior year.
One of the top wide receivers on Auburn's board is expected in as well with big Isaiah Jones from Milton, Fla., High heading back to the Plains for another visit. The 6-4, 200-pounder was offered by Auburn after visiting for a junior day in March and has since picked up offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Tennessee and several others. As a junior he caught 40 passes for 650 yards and six touchdowns.
A player who could be in for Big Cat Weekend is defensive end prospect Naim Mustafaa. With a top group of Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech, he also has offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and several other schools. The 6-4, 235-pounder made 50 tackles with eight sacks as a junior.
Rated the No. 18 cornerback prospect in the country, four-star Jalen Ramsey could visit for Big Cat Weekend as well. The Brentwood, Tenn., Academy standout had a big junior year with 45 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2011. With offers from just about every program in the country, the 5-11, 180 Ramsey is still open and plans to begin to narrow things down early in the summer.
A frequent visitor to Auburn, talented Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen High in Mobile got an early offer from the Tigers and they have continued to roll in since that time. Rated a four-star wide receiver by Scout.com, Smith is expected to get a shot to play quarterback if he chooses Auburn. He also has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Troy and several others.
Another cornerback who could be on the Plains this weekend is speedy Cameron Sutton from Jonesboro, Ga., High. A three-star prospect and the No. 75 corner in the country by Scout.com, the 6-0, 175-pounder has a list of Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Pittsburgh at the moment.
That group will have the opportunity to interact and play games not only with the Auburn coaching staff, but also with a strong group of early commitments for the Tigers. Expected in for Big Cat Weekend are Jimmy Hutchinson, Jeremy Johnson, Trey Johnson, Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Kamryn Melton, and Earnest Robinson.
Recruiting isn't just for upcoming seniors any longer and with that in mind there are several Class of 2014 prospects expected in for Big Cat Weekend as well. Last season Liner was one of those guys and ended up committing to the Tigers.
A prospect who visited Auburn a few months back, big safety Ronnie Clark from Calera could be on the campus this weekend as well. The 6-3, 205-pounder is also hearing from Alabama, LSU and Tennessee early in the game.
The son of former Auburn player Alan Evans, 2014 OLB/DE Rashaan Evans is an impressive physical player who will likely see his recruiting take off in 2012. Already hearing from Auburn, Alabama and Georgia Tech, the 6-3, 210-pounder plays defensive end for Auburn High. He'll be joined by teammate Blaise Taylor. The son of Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, he's getting some early attention as well and plays wide receiver and cornerback for the AHS Tigers.
Already with offers from Arkansas State, Florida State, Memphis, Miami, and Tennessee, 6-1, 225 linebacker Shaun Hamilton is expected to be in Auburn this weekend along with high school teammate and the Tigers' most recent commitment, Jeremy Johnson. Another teammate of a current commitment expected to visit is Deven Sullivan. He's a 2014 running back prospect at Muscle Shoals where Liner is a defensive lineman.
Another potential visitor this weekend is quarterback prospect Deshaun Watson from Gainesville, Ga., High. An early commitment to Clemson, the 6-3, 180 Watson threw for more than 3,000 yards with 41 touchdowns and just six interceptions last year. He added 1,086 yards on the ground and 15 scores.