Friday Auburn Football Recruiting Notebook

Talking Auburn football recruiting and visitors for this weekend's game against Arkansas State.

Defense Makes An Impression

One of the visitors most impressed by what he saw last Saturday night was Opelika High School standout and current Alabama defensive back commitment Stephen Roberts. Watching the game along with teammate and Auburn commitment Jakell Mitchell, Roberts said seeing Auburn's defense play physical in the secondary really stood out to him along with the crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"It was a great experience," Roberts said. "I saw a lot of things that looked good for the Auburn defense. It really surprised me. I thought it was really great.

"The fanbase was great," he added. "On defense I saw a lot of man defense and they were pressing. I liked that."

While Mitchell has been talking to him about Auburn for months, Saturday night he got to get the recruiting pitch from guys like Tre Williams, DeShaun Davis, Justin Thornton and many more. Seeing that Auburn has very little depth at cornerback moving forward, he said that's definitely something to consider moving forward.

"A lot of the recruits were trying to recruit me and they were saying that I need to come on board because they've only got two people left and I could play early."

Carr Likes What He Sees

Talented 2015 offensive lineman Tyler Carr grew up attending games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but things are different now that he's on the recruiting end of things. One of the top linemen in the state for the 2015 class, he said his first glimpse of the Tigers under Gus Malzahn was a very positive one.

"It was great," Carr said. "Of course, they've got a new coaching staff and I really liked what they did. I liked how they adjusted very well to coming in for the first game. I liked what I saw from them."

Getting the chance to talk with several commitments, including 2015 quarterback Tyler Queen, the lineman said that he likes what the Tigers are building so far and he's just enjoying getting to learn more about the guys and coaches.

"It's good," Carr said. "I really like the coaching staff. I went around and met some of the guys and I really like the recruits they are picking up. They are first-class guys and I'm really blessed to be around them."

Evans Takes In Auburn, Heading East This Weekend

There is no question that Auburn High four-star defender Rashaan Evans had a great visit to Auburn last Saturday night. Spending a great deal of time with Williams, Evans, Thornton and the rest of the commitments, the Tigers are continuing to climb on his list of schools as he becomes more familiar with the new staff. Next up for Evans is a trip to Georgia this weekend where he said his biggest excitement comes from watching Jadeveon Clowney play in person.

Rashaan Evans

Safety Net

Auburn's need for depth at the safety position is apparent at the moment with Josh Holsey starting and Kiehl Frazier making a push for playing time. With four-star Ronnie  Clark likely leaning to Alabama at the moment, it could mean Demetrius Kemp from Demopolis could get another long look from the Tigers moving forward.

An impressive player last season for the Tigers that had a strong summer camp showing, Kemp is currently committed to Southern Miss. Another player committed elsewhere to keep an eye on is Tavon Ross from Bleckly County (Ga.) High. A Missouri commitment, he may be someone Auburn makes a run at for the safety spot if they're looking for another player at the position.

Visitors For Arkansas State

Once again several current Auburn commitments will be the headliners for the visit weekend as Kamryn Pettway from Prattville is expected back in along with Stanton Truitt. Truitt said he may not be able to make it in because of his dad's work schedule, but he will definitely visit for the Mississippi State game in two weeks.

In addition, the three amigos from the Mobile area, commitments Tre Williams, DeShaun Davis and Justin Thornton, are all expected back in this weekend for the 6:30 kickoff. Also visiting again will be cornerback commitment Nick Ruffin.

Other 2014 prospects expected to visit include 6-2, 200 athlete Justin Jackson from Evans County, Ga., tight end/H-Back Gabe Hill from Gardendale, athlete Brandon Byner from Bessemer City High, linebacker Jamey Mosley from Theodore and punter Andrew Wells from Marion County (Ga.) High.

Among the underclassmen expected in is big 2016 running back Kingston Davis from Prattville. He's just a sophomore, but at 6-1, 210 should be a monster in the coming years for the Lions. From Colquitt County in Moultrie, Ga., High are 2015 linebackers Tomarcio Reese and Dethemeyus "Bull" Barge. Both should have a chance to be SEC-level players. The same is true of 2015 defensive end Trent Sellers from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga.

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