Return Visits Highlight Recruiting Weekend

Auburn is expected to have another group of top prospects on campus this weekend including a pair of four-star defenders and a top offensive lineman.

Auburn, Ala.--There is little down time in college football these days as fresh off a major junior day last weekend, the Auburn Tigers are expecting another talented group of prospects on campus to check out Coach Gus Malzahn's program. Included in that group are a pair of return visitors as well as one of the top safeties in the country.

Making the trip over from Griffin, Ga., last weekend, four-star outside linebacker Jordan Colbert left feeling good about the Tigers after getting an offer. A perfect candidate to play the "star" position or one of the true linebacker spots because of his size and athleticism, Colbert's return has to be considered good news for Auburn in his recruitment.

With the possibility of being an early high school graduate, Colbert is definitely a major target moving forward for the Tigers after spending more than an hour with Malzahn last weekend.

Looking for help in the secondary the Tigers are expected to get a visit from the nation's No. 6 ranked safety prospect Rashad Roundtree from Lakeside High in Evans, Ga. With offers from all over the country, the 6-1, 195 Roundtree isn't close to narrowing his favorites list at the moment, but a good visit to the Plains could put the Tigers in good shape with him later in the process.

Rashad Roundtree

The same is true of three-star cornerback Cameron Ordway from Pulaski, Tenn. Still waiting on an offer from Auburn, he has the size (6-1, 175) that Coach Melvin Smith covets at the position.

Perhaps the top offensive guard on Auburn's board, big Javon Patterson from Petal (Miss.) High is expected to be back on campus this weekend. Visiting last spring with a high school teammate and also in Jordan-Hare Stadium for both the Mississippi State game and the Iron Bowl, the nation's No. 4 guard definitely has an interest in Auburn at the moment but will get strong pressure to stay in state.

Javon Patterson

The Tigers are expected to sign two tight end/H-Back types in the 2015 class and have already gotten a visit from one their top targets, Bowman Archibald, last weekend. With offers out to top players such as Alize Jones, Devonaire Clarington, Chris Clark and Garrett Williams, Auburn will have another talented tight end on campus this weekend with three-star Jalen Wilkerson from Coffee County (Ga.) High making the drive over. Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Mississippi State have offered in addition to Auburn.

A 6-1, 195 junior-to-be, Spanish Fort quarterback Tyler Johnston already has an offer from UAB and many more will likely come his way after he led the Toros to an undefeated season as a sophomore.

Johnston amassed more than 3,100 passing yards and 31 touchdowns during his team's title run. As a runner he produced nearly 900 yards and 11 scores. The sophomore was named MVP of the 5A state title game, completing 10 of 15 passes for 219 yards and adding 53 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground in a 35-14 win over Muscle Shoals.

Another 2016 prospect expected to visit this weekend is big defensive tackle David Marshall from Upson-Lee High in Thomaston, Ga. Already a 4-star prospect and with offers from Auburn and Ole Miss, he's expected to be one of the top defensive linemen in the country in two years.

David Marshall


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