With as many as 50 SEC-level players expected to visit as part of around 300 total visitors, Coach Gus Malzahn's program will have a chance to put its best foot forward over the weekend. Focusing on bringing in top talent as well as players who fit the personality of the program, the Tigers will have an opportunity to continue to build relationships with players from around the country this weekend.
One of those is five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson. Already a visitor to Auburn once this spring, Gibson will be back this weekend along with talented defensive back teammate Tarvarus McFadden. Rated the nation's number three quarterback, the speedy Gibson would be a perfect fit in Auburn's offensive system. Ohio State and Tennessee are considered the biggest challengers for the Tigers at the moment.
Also a big-time prospect, McFadden has Florida State in the lead at the moment, but the massive cornerback is exactly the type of player Auburn assistant coach Melvin Smith is looking for at the position in Auburn's defense.
They will be joined by two more teammates, talented 2016 wide receiver Dredrick Snelson and massive 2017 offensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton. Despite being just a freshman last season, Slaton already has several big-time offers including LSU.
Auburn's newest commitment, four-star running back Kerryon Johnson, is expected to make the trip down to the Plains this weekend and with the Tigers looking to sign at least one more back in the 2015 class he will have plenty of company.
Perhaps the top tailback prospect in the country this year, former Auburn signee and current five-star junior college back Jovon Robinson is also expected to take a return trip to see the Tigers this weekend. That has to be a positive sign for a player that was just on campus three weeks ago.
A player already receiving plenty of interest even though he's got two years of high school remaining, four-star 2016 running back Tavien Feaster from Spartanburg, S.C., is expected to take his first look at Auburn this weekend when he visits for A-Day. With early offers from Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina and others, Feaster should be a hot commodity next year.
Also a talented 2016 prospect, Kareem Walker from Wayne, N.J., is expected to visit Auburn this weekend. The running back totaled more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns as he helped his team to a state title as a sophomore.
Trying to replace Jay Prosch is one of the biggest challenges for the Tigers in 2014, but the Tigers are focusing on a player in this year's class to help out down the road. A physical blocker and capable receiver, four-star Chandler Cox has already made one trip to Auburn and is scheduled to be back in this weekend. With the Tigers high on his list along with Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami and others, Florida may be the team to beat in the end. Also in will be three-star fullback Brant Mitchell from Tennessee.
Perhaps the most important position for Auburn on offense this year is up front where Coach J.B. Grimes and company are expected to sign four or even five players in the 2015 class. The good news is that it's a very good year for offensive line prospects and an impressive group will be on the Plains this weekend to see the Tigers.
Two players very high on the program and making a return trip this weekend are four-stars Kaleb Kim and Bailey Sharp. Rated the nation's 14th-best offensive guard, Kim is down to just Auburn and Georgia and could be close to making a decision. If everything goes well there's a chance that could be this weekend.
The same is true of Sharp. A powerful and aggressive offensive tackle, No. 31 tackle has offers from Florida, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina and others, but the Tigers may be the team to beat as he heads back on campus.
A frequent visitor to Auburn since he was little, four-star Tyler Carr is expected to be back this weekend as well. With Alabama, Georgia and several other schools still in the mix for Carr, his recruiting doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. Other linemen who could be in are Tyler Hibgy from Houston, Texas and North Carolina commitment William Sweet from Jacksonville, Fla.
At the receiver position the biggest name and player is D'Anfernee McGriff. Rated as a four-star running back by Scout.com, McGriff is being recruited to play outside for the Tigers despite his 6-2, 230 frame. Also with Alabama, Florida, Florida State and South Carolina in his top five, McGriff left his previous visit saying Auburn was his leader. This could be a big trip for both he and the Tigers.
A four-star receiver from Miami Central High, speedy Da'vante Phillips is looking at Florida State, Louisville, Miami and several other schools and will be making his first trip to see the Tigers this weekend. Also expected in at wide receiver is five-star 2016 prospect Nate Craig from Tampa. He is considered one of the nation's top young receivers and has a chance to be a difference-maker on the next level.
Other class of 2015 offensive prospects expected to attend A-Day include tackles Jalen Harris from St. James in Montgomery, Brandon Kennedy from Wetumpka, Alex Givens from Nashville, Tenn., Christian, guard Ryan Urquhart from Timber Creek High in Orlando, Fla., quarterback De'Andre Johnson from First Coast High in Jacksonville, Fla., and wide receiver Dexter Carter Jr. from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.
Class of 2016 offensive prospects who could be on campus this weekend include tackles Tyler Pritchett from Calera and Robert Kraeling from Prince Avenue Christian in Bogart, Ga., running back Kingston Davis from Prattville, wide receiver Dredrick Snelson from American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla., tight end Kyle Fourtenbary from Opelika and running back Mark Walton from Washington High in Miami.
Martinas Rankin, who will be a sophomore this fall at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community, is an offensive tackle expected to visit.
On the defensive side of the ball the Tigers will again focus on strengthening the defensive line. That starts at the tackle position where the nation's top tackle Trenton Thompson is expected to be back at Auburn to check things out. With Georgia thought to be the leader for the massive Albany, Ga. native, getting another visit is a positive for Rodney Garner and the Tigers.
Also expected back in is four-star 2016 prospect Antwuan Jackson from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga. Jackson visited Auburn in February and received an offer from the Tigers. He's expected to be joined by fellow 2016 four-star tackle David Marshall from Upson-Lee High in Thomaston, Ga. With early offers from Auburn and Ole Miss, he is a name to remember moving forward.
An interesting lineman making another visit is Darian Roseboro from Lincolnton, N.C. Already 6-5, 265, Roseboro could play strongside defensive end or eventually end up as a tackle down the road. Visiting last July and getting an offer from the Tigers, Auburn is definitely in the mix for the four-star lineman, but in-state schools North Carolina and North Carolina State may have the edge.
Defensive prospects from the 2015 class who could be in for A-Day include cornerbacks Maurice Smitherman from Minor High, Griffin King from Marist in Atlanta and Duke Shelley from Tucker, Ga., High, linebacker Amonte Caban from Smiths Station and tackle Quentez Johnson from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga.
At the linebacker position Auburn is in on some of the nation's top players and many are expected to be on campus Saturday. Included in that group is Jeff Holland from Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, Fla. Visiting along with safety teammate and Ohio State commitment Ben Edwards, Holland is rated the nation's No. 5 outside linebacker prospect and has offers from all over the country. The same is true of four-star Joshua McMillon from Whitehaven High in Memphis. Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan are just some of the schools of interest for the 6-2, 230 McMillon.
A teammate of Sweet and Auburn defensive end signee Raashed Kennion, South Carolina commitment Sherrod Pittman visited the Tigers last summer and is expected to be back on campus this weekend. A talented player, the 6-1, 215-pounder is just another of the linebackers on Auburn's board.
Two more of the players expected back in at the linebacker position know the Tigers as well as anyone. The nation's third-rated middle linebacker, Roquan Smith, has made a handful of visits already and will be back in this weekend. Georgia and Ohio State are two of the schools that are in the mix for Smith. The No. 18 middle linebacker, Troy's Richard McBryde has had the Tigers on top of his list for a while. Making the visit to Auburn has to be a good sign for things moving forward for Ellis Johnson and company.
Also from in-state, 2016 standout Lyndell Wilson from Carver-Montgomery may be the top player in Alabama next year regardless of position. Rated a four-star defensive end, at 6-2, 225 Wilson could play just about anywhere in Auburn's defense because of his versatility. Already has offers from several programs with more to follow suit.
In the secondary several top prospects are expected to visit this weekend including big corneback Darius Slayton, safeties Jamal Peters and Kendrell McFadden and 2016 standout Stephen Davis, Jr. With Auburn high on his list following two earlier visits, the four-star Slayton has talked about waiting until his senior season to make a decision.
The nation's fifth-rated safety, Peters has offers from much of the SEC with Auburn and Alabama trying to get him to leave the state. A West Virginia commitment, McFadden is a four-star prospect and a player who Auburn could make a move for this weekend.
Other class of 2016 defensive recruits expected at AU include end Zo Bridges from Opelika and linebacker Johnathan Pollock from Dr. Phillips High in Orlando along with a pair from Central of Phenix City, 2016 cornerback John Broussard and 2017 linebacker Markail Benton.