Since Coach Gene Chizik arrived in Auburn following the 2008 season, Big Cat Weekend has been a big part of the success for the Tigers in the recruiting game. With Gus Malzahn running the show now and an almost entirely new staff on the Plains, Auburn will again put on a Big Cat Weekend this spring for many of the top prospects on the Tigers' board.
Last season, despite a coaching change, some of Auburn's most highly-regarded signees were players who were on hand for Big Cat Weekend including Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams, and Kamryn Melton on defense. On offense you had both Earnest Robinson and Jason Smith as part of the weekend as well.
Even with the change in coaching staffs, being a part of last year's Big Cat Weekend made a big impact on Adams. Being around many guys who would become future teammates, he says it gave him a feel for Auburn and also a chance to build relationships.
"It was a little different because it was a different coaching staff, but I had a good time getting to meet new people and see Auburn," Adams says. "I really enjoyed it.
"It's great because some players go places because of other players," he adds. "It's important because it helps them to take visits and get a real good bond with the place."
Big Cat Weekend 2013 will take place over Memorial Day Weekend on May 24-26 in Auburn.