Big-Time Prospects Expected To Visit Tigers

Auburn's spring football practices are in high gear and that means talented prospects coming to campus to check out Gus Malzahn's Tigers. This weekend the Tigers are expected to get visits from a group of talented recruits with a heavy emphasis on defensive standouts.

Auburn, Ala.--With spring football under way, the Auburn Tigers are expecting a talented group of prospects on campus this Saturday for the first full-pads workout for Coach Gus Malzahn's team.

Focusing heavily on the defensive side of the ball, Auburn will welcome highly-regarded uncommitted prospects such as linebackers Richard McBryde, Roquan Smith and D'Andre Walker.

With Auburn as his leader despite a recent offer from Alabama, McBryde is making a return trip to the Plains and could pull the trigger on a commitment to the Tigers if all goes well. A talented linebacker who could play either of the two spots for Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson, McBryde was the 4A Lineman of the Year as as junior after he helped the Trojans reach the state championship game. In 15 games he made more than 160 tackles with 30 tackles for losses.

Another player who has been a frequent visitor to Auburn, four-star Smith is a physical player who is athletic enough to play the "star" position if needed. Rated the No. 3 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Smith is also looking at Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and several others. Last season he made 100 tackles with 27 for losses while adding 49 receptions as a tight end.

Roquan Smith

Rated as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the nation, but also a talented defensive end, Walker is taking another look at the Tigers along with teammate and new Auburn commitment Montavious Atkinson. At 6-2, 213, Walker is the type of speed rusher that coach Rodney Garner is looking for in Auburn's front four, but he also has the ability to play another position if needed. He has 41 total sacks in the last two years.

Another speed rusher expected to visit Auburn on Saturday is Arden Key from King High in Lithonia, Ga. A one-time South Carolina commitment, Key is rated the No. 21 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com and has offers from all over the country. At 6-5 and nearly 220 pounds, he has the frame to get much bigger on the next level.

Arden Key

Looking for more help at the cornerback position, Darius Slayton is definitely a player that is high on the board for the Tigers early in their 2015 class recruiting. A four-star player and the No. 31 corner in the country out of Greater Atlanta Christian in Norcross, Ga., Slayton visited Auburn exactly one month ago and left impressed by the Tigers. A cousin of former Auburn linebacker Darrell Crawford, Slayton has the Tigers high on his list along with Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others.

On the offensive side of the ball one of the top linemen in Georgia is expected to make a return trip. A physical player, 6-4, 285 Kaleb Kim is a four-star guard prospect with offers from top schools all over the country. Favoring Auburn, Georgia and Duke early in the process, Kim has a 3.5 GPA and has the athleticism to play guard or even center on the next level.

Kaleb Kim

Also expected in are several top underclassmen quarterbacks including Logan Byrd (2016), Tyler Johnston (2017), Austin Kendall (2016), and Josh White (2016).


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