Brandon King is one of Auburn's newest commitments after choosing the Tigers following an unofficial visit last Saturday. Planning to take his official visit this weekend after choosing Auburn over Arizona State, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Utah State, Wyoming and others, the 6-2, 214-pounder originally from Thompson High in Alabaster said he's excited to get the weekend started.
"It's really exciting," King said of his upcoming trip. "Auburn is a school I have been very familiar with after watching them on TV since I was a child. It's a pretty big deal to actually get the official visit there and settling in on my choice."
Making a short visit last weekend, the junior college safety said he's really looking forward to being able to spend a lot of time with the coaches and players on his visit to begin building relationships with them.
"The neat thing for me is that I just want to see what the team is all about," King said. "I want to get to know the guys and the mindset they have. That's going to be a big deal for me and my family too. I pretty much include them in everything I do because they've always been there for me. I just want to see the atmosphere and the kind of people that I'm going to be playing with next year."
With his decision out of the way and his visit to Auburn on the horizon, King said recruiting is now stress free for him now that he's made his choice. No longer having to field recruiting calls, he said that now he's just enjoying being an Auburn commitment.
"It's nice," King said. "The last few days coaches have been contacting me and it feels pretty good just to let the phone ring. Before I started getting recruited heavy I would send my information out to schools. A couple of schools that I tried to contact are starting to try to contact me, but I have pretty much made my decision so it feels pretty good to let them know I'm off the market."
Other expected visitors include:
A talented defensive back that has been committed to Tennessee since early August, but was twice a visitor to Auburn last spring, Cameron Sutton is expected to visit the Plains this weekend to get a look at the new coaching staff put together by Gus Malzahn. At 6-0, 180, Sutton is a three-star prospect and rated the number 40 cornerback in the country by Scout.com. As a senior he had 1,396 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns on offense for Jonesboro High playing wide receiver and returning kicks.
Zach Cunningham is a talented linebacker prospect from Pinson Valley that is looking at Auburn along with Oregon, and Vanderbilt with Miami also a possible visit. The four-star player finished with 194 tackles this season and had over 400 for his career with the Indians.
Another player who put up big numbers as a senior was long-time Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson. A U.S. Army All-American from Carver-Montgomery, Johnson threw for 3,193 yards and 31 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He also added 706 yards on the ground and seven scoring runs. Solidly committed to the Tigers, Johnson could take some visits with Ole Miss a possible destination.
Another longtime commitment, Kamryn Melton from Dothan High, will take his only official visit this weekend when he trips to Auburn. Excited about the new coaching staff and also about this recruiting class, Melton will play cornerback for the Tigers.
A talented receiver who has been a longtime commitment to Auburn, Earnest Robinson will visit along with teammate Cunningham this weekend. Taking part in both the Alabama-Mississippi game as well as the Under Armour All-American Game, Robinson said he's looking forward to spending time with new position coach Dameyune Craig on his weekend visit.
One of the most impressive players in Alabama this year, commitment Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen showed his versatility when he earned Offensive MVP honors in the Alabama-Mississippi game in December. Being recruited as a quarterback by the Tigers, Smith completed 110-169 passes for 1,566 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior while adding 867 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground on just 88 carries. He plans to visit Tennessee and could also visit Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alabama, but remains solidly committed to Auburn.
Never wavering in his commitment to Auburn, Huntsville linebacker Cameron Toney said he's excited to have a weekend to get to know the new coaching staff even better. Already building a relationship with future position coach and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, Toney has spent his offseason working hard to get in great shape for the 2013 season. As a senior he finished with 107 tackles while battling a high ankle sprain much of the season.