Rated the number 11 safety prospect in the country, Steven Parker from Jenks High in Oklahoma is expected to take an official visit this weekend to check out the Auburn Tigers after taking earlier visits to Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Bob Stoops and the Sooners have long been thought to be the leader for Parker with Texas A&M also in the picture. Auburn has made a late push for the 6-2, 185 safety following a visit from Gus Malzahn, securing a visit this weekend.
Greg Powers is a National Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com and covers the Midlands Region. Very familiar with Parker, he says the safety is a player who can excel on the next level because of his combination of size and speed.
"Nice looking prospect. He has the ability to play deep centerfield and defend the pass, but he will also fly up and make tackles. Seeing him in person he looks exactly the way you would want your safety to be built. There had been talk that he would not come up and hit, but after watching him live and on tape that does not really seem to be a concern at all. Has all the tools a BCS schools is looking for in a safety prospect with size."
Evans Takes A Final Look
Five-star prospect Rashaan Evans has seen all there is to see from the Auburn Tigers, but Thursday night he made one final trip to the campus with his father, Alan, to spend time with Malzahn.
Watching as Auburn's basketball team took down rival Alabama 74-55 and the football team was presented the Foy-ODK Sportmanship Trophy for winning the Iron Bowl, Evans hung out with Jeremy Johnson for much of the game.
Rashaan Evans takes in Auburn's win over Alabama on the hardwood
Now it's decision time for Evans as Auburn, Alabama and UCLA all make their final pitch before next Wednesday's signing day. Malzahn is expected to have his in-home visit with Evans and family either Friday or Saturday before the quiet period begins Saturday night at midnight. That means a player can visit your campus, but coaches aren't allowed in-person contact away from the school. The dead period begins Sunday night at midnight with only phone contact allowed for the 48 hours before and after signing day.
By The Numbers
Currently, Auburn is ninth nationally for the 2014 recruiting class with 3246 points. Of the teams in front only LSU (19) has fewer than Auburn's 20 commitments. In terms of average star ranking Auburn comes in at sixth in the country at 3.65. Alabama (4.00), Texas A&M (3.95), LSU (3.89), Ohio State (3.82) and Notre Dame (3.73) are ahead at the moment. With five-star prospects Evans and Braden Smith still left on the board along with four-stars such as Andrew Williams, Davon Godchaux, Treon Harris and John Bonney, Auburn's class could wind up as one of the Top 5 in the country when the dust settles on signing day.
A longtime commitment to Florida State, Harris is a player the Tigers have a legitimate shot at signing because of his love for what Auburn does on offense. A dynamic playmaker at quarterback for Booker T. Washington, Harris is capable of playing either wide receiver or defensive back if it doesn't work out at the quarterback position. Auburn's coaches are expected to be in with him on Friday before he takes an official visit to Miami this weekend. With Auburn, Miami and the Florida Gators all still in the picture along with FSU, this one will go down to the wire.
Roc and Roll
In what is great news for Auburn, five-star running back commitment Racean Thomas is expected to take a visit to Jacksonville State this weekend along with several Oxford teammates. With his former head coach John Grass now the head coach for the Gamecocks, Thomas' addition for a weekend visit is huge in his efforts to expand the program. The biggest positive is that it means Thomas' only official visit to a BCS school was his trip to Auburn.