Talented Visitors Expected On The Plains

Auburn is expecting another talented group of visitors on hand for Saturday's spring scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--With spring practice in full swing for the defending SEC Champion Auburn Tigers, recruiting continues to heat up as well with top prospects from across the Southeast expected to visit on Saturday. The visitor group is expected to include two of the top players from Alabama for the 2015 class.

One of the most dynamic running back prospects in the country and ranked No. 4 at his position, Kerryon Johnson has been part of back-to-back state championships at Madison Academy the last two years. With offers from all over the country, Johnson is looking at Auburn, Alabama and Florida State at the moment. Offered early by Gus Malzahn and his staff, Johnson looks to be the perfect fit in Auburn's up-tempo offense.

Kerryon Johnson

A bigger back who is expected to visit, 6-3, 220 D'Anfernee McGriff from Leon High in Tallahassee, Fla., has the Tigers in his top five along with Alabama, Florida State, Florida and South Carolina. Having already visited the other schools, McGriff's trip to see the Tigers could be big this weekend for the four-star running back.

Rated as the top defensive tackle in the country, big Trenton Thompson from Westover High in Albany, Ga., is expected to make a return trip to the Plains on Saturday along with teammates Julian Colwell and Takevian Harris. While Georgia remains the team to beat for Thompson, getting another opportunity to sit down with Coach Rodney Garner can't be bad news for Auburn's chances.

A player high on Auburn's offensive line list, talented guard Javon Patterson from Petal, Miss., is also expected to travel to see the Tigers on Saturday. Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 5 guard in the country by Scout.com, Patterson is high on the Tigers but Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama are all still in the picture.

Javon Patterson

Rising quickly on the recruiting board for many teams is big offensive tackle Drew Richmond from Memphis University School. Expected to make the trip along with his dad, the 6-6, 290-pounder recently announced a Top 11 that includes Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and UCLA.

The nation's number six ranked center prospect, James Daniels from Warren G. Harding High in Ohio, is expected to make his first trip to Auburn this weekend after checking out Wisconsin recently. Also with offers from most of the Big 10 schools, Miami, UCLA, West Virginia and others in addition to the Tigers, Daniels may be tough to get out of the midwest when all is said and done.

Another offensive lineman who could end up at the center position is Brandon Kennedy from Wetumpka High School. Currently without an offer from the Tigers, he could add one down the line if he continues to perform well for the Indians. Cincinnati, East Carolina, Marshall, Missouri, UAB and others have already offered.

Two more players who could get a look on the offensive line are Darryl Williams from Bessemer City School and Josh Fannin from Mill Creek, Ga., High. Rated as a three-star offensive tackle, but likely headed for the interior offensive line on the next level, Williams has early offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Alabama, UAB and others.

In the secondary one of the top visitors is expected to be Jauan Jennings from Murfreesboro, Tenn. A four-star prospect and the No. 15 ranked safety in the country, Jennings played quarterback last season and had more 2,300 total yards with 22 touchdowns. He has offers from just about every school in the country and is the son of former NFL player Bennie Jennings.

He is expected to be joined by a top cornerback from Georgia, big Octavis Johnson. At 6-0, 180-pounder from Clinch County High, Johnson has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina and several others and would be a perfect fit in Coach Ellis Johnson's defense.

Jauan Jennings

Other prospects expected to visit include Auburn quarterback commitment Tyler Queen, 2015 offensive lineman Josh Williams from Vigor High, 2016 linebacker Lyndell Wilson from Carver-Montgomery, 2016 offensive tackle E.J. Price from Central Gwinnett, Ga., High, 2016 offensive lineman Alex Smith from Etowah, Ga., High. Wilson is expected to be one of the top players in Alabama next season while Price is an extremely talented young lineman.

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