Star-Studded Group Expected On The Plains

Dozens of top prospects from the 2015 and 2016 classes are expected to check out the Auburn Tigers this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn’s final big football recruiting weekend before the Tigers turn their attention fully to the 2014 season should be a busy one with dozens of talented prospects expected in town on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of camps. Leading the way are a pair of quarterbacks that could be the top two remaining on Auburn’s board at the position.

Already with a commitment from Tyler Queen in the 2015 class, Auburn is looking for another big-time quarterback to add to the competition in years to come. An Elite 11 performer and four-star prospect himself, Deondre Francois is expected to take another look at the Tigers this weekend and could be close to making a decision. His final three are Auburn, Florida State and Oregon.

Deondre Francois

Making his first trip to Auburn will be three-star Lamar Jackson from Boynton Beach, Fla. A talented passer with good feet, Jackson could make a move for the Tigers with a strong camp performance this weekend.

Auburn is also giving a great deal of attention to underclassmen already in the recruiting process and that begins as well at the quarterback position. A trio of talented passers with big-time offers, four-star 2016 prospects Xavier Gaines from Frostproof, Fla., Jawon Pass from Carver High in Columbus, Ga. and Chazz Surratt from East Lincoln High in Denver, N.C. are expected to be on the Plains as well along with a host of outstanding upcoming juniors wanting to showcase their skills for the Tigers.

Xavier Gaines

There are always plenty of skill players to watch in any major AU camp and that will be the case this weekend on the defensive side of the ball. Already with an Auburn offer, four-star cornerback John Broussard from Central-Phenix City has a chance to be one of the top players in the country at his position in the 2016 class. Recently adding an offer from Florida State, Broussard is the prototypical cornerback in today’s game because of his size and speed.

John Broussard

The same is true of four-star JoeJuan Williams from Father Ryan in Nashville. Rated the nation’s No. 13 safety for 2016, the 6-2, 195 Williams has the skills to play cornerback on the next level. That has programs such as Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt already hot on his trail heading into his junior season.

Continuing the trend of long and athletic defensive back visitors is 6-2, 170 cornerback Nick McCloud from South Pointe High in Rock Hill, S.C. Already with an offer from Appalachian State and hearing plenty from Auburn and South Carolina among other schools, McCloud will have a chance to catch the eye of the Tiger this weekend.

A player who has the chance to become a well-known name before next year is 6-4 cornerback Chris Westry from Oakleaf (Fla.) High. Already with offers from Florida and South Florida, he has unusual size and skills in the secondary. With the ability to play outside or the deep safety spot, his versatility should make him a player to watch this weekend. If he performs well he could walk out of Auburn with an offer from the Tigers.

Other talented 2016 defensive prospects expected to be in Auburn this weekend include four-star defensive end Marlon Davidson. The younger brother of former Tigers’ defensive lineman Kenneth Carter, Davidson transferred from Greenville to Carver-Montgomery this summer. Also a four-star prospect, defensive tackle Derrick Brown from Lanier High in Buford, Ga. already has several big offers and is getting plenty of attention from Auburn.

Derrick Brown

That is the case with powerful McTelvin Agim from Hope, Ark. as well. In Hoover with his teammates for the national 7-on-7 tournament, Agim is expected to make another visit to see Auburn over the weekend. With offers from Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Ole Miss, Stanford and others, Agim is a powerful defensive end.

At linebacker four-star Shaq Quarterman from Oakleaf High in Florida has already committed to Miami but is expected to be in Auburn this weekend. A talented athlete that impressed as a young wide receiver in an Auburn camp last summer, Kyle Davis from Archer (Ga.) High is a player with the athleticism to play linebacker or the ‘star’ position in Auburn’s defense down the road.

In addition to the talented trio of quarterbacks expected in there will be plenty of players to watch on the offensive side of the ball from the 2016 class this weekend. In the backfield running backs Tavien Feaster and Antonio Williams are already among the top players in the country while Malik Staples from Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) High and speedy Tre Turner from Baton Rouge, La. have plenty of attention early in the process.

Antonio Williams

Expected to make another trip to Auburn is four-star back Denzell Mitchell from Hamilton (Ala.) High. Playing last season in Jonesboro, Ark. before making the move back home for the 2014 season, Mitchell has a chance to be one of the next great Alabama backs before all is said and done.

Already with a commitment from 2016 tight end Landon Rice, Auburn will have two of the top players in the South at that position on campus this weekend as well. The first is Isaac Nauta from Buford (Ga.) High. With offers from coast-to-coast, Nauta is a player that could have an early impact on the next level. The same is true of 6-6, 215 Jamal Pettigrew. Built more like a big receiver, he has early offers from Louisville, Nebraska and Tulane.

Up front some of the offensive linemen expected in this weekend include four-star offensive tackle E.J. Price from Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga. A frequent visitor to Auburn last fall and this spring, he is rated the No. 10 offensive tackle in the 2016 class. Already committed to Kentucky, 6-7 offensive tackle Landon Young is expected to make his first trip to the Plains as is three-star Bryce Matthews from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy.

Other 2016 prospects expected to camp at Auburn this weekend include cornerback Baylen Buchanan from Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee, Ga.; wide receiver Robert Adams from Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery; Delonte Moore, wide receiver, Ballou High, Washington, D.C., and running back Marquis Hamilton from Ballou High; 6-4, 260 center Brett Heggie from Mount Dora, Fla., High; Riley Cole, a 6-3, 200 linebacker from Scottsboro High; running back Demarca Crockett from Fairview High in Camden, Ark., wide receiver/defensive back Malik Talley from Scottsboro High; 6-3, 185 defensive back Daunte Vaughn from Whitehaven High in Memphis; athlete Peyton Gilliand from Cleveland High; QB Logan Walters from North Jackson High; WR Brandon Rogers, Vigor; RB Lamical Perine, Theodore; safety Alex Cole, Williamson; LB Tyson Patrick, Williamson; linebacker/end Zo Bridges from Opelika; 6-2, 205 outside linebacker P.J. Blue from Jemison High and wide receiver Quandarius Weaver from Central High in Phenix City.


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