Pair Of 5-Star Official Visitors Expected

Five-star Auburn commitment Jovon Robinson and the nation's top rated offensive tackle prospect, Martez Ivey, are expected to take official visits to the Plains this weekend along with many others on unofficial visits.

Auburn, Ala.--It’s the opening weekend of college football season across the country and at Auburn that means the opening of SEC play as well with the Arkansas Razorbacks coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium. It will also be the first of the in-season big recruiting weekends for Gus Malzahn’s program with two five-star prospects on hand for official visits along with dozens of talented unofficial visitors.

Leading the way is Auburn running back commitment Jovon Robinson from Georgia Military College in Georgia. A signee with the Tigers coming out of Memphis, Tenn., two years ago, Robinson failed to qualify and was forced to head to junior college. The top running back prospect in the country, according to Scout.com following a monster freshman season, Robinson chose Auburn over Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and several other schools.

Joining Robinson will be the top ranked offensive tackle prospect in the country, five-star Martez Ivey from Apopka, Fla. Twice a visitor to Auburn over the summer with Tigers’ commitment Chandler Cox, Ivey has built a strong relationship with Offensive Line Coach J.B. Grimes and said he likes the style of play on offense under Malzahn. A dominating blocker who plays guard and tackle in Apopka’s ground-oriented offense, Ivey has the skills to play early at the next level. He has Auburn and Florida at the top and also plans to visit Alabama and LSU.

Martez Ivey

Also expected to visit is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country for 2015, massive Daron Payne from Shades Valley. A five-star prospect and the No. 5 ranked player in the nation at his position, Payne has Auburn and Alabama at the top of his list with Mississippi State and others in the picture. One of the top offensive linemen in the state, big Darryl Williams from Bessemer City is also expected to visit this weekend.

From the 2016 class big David Marshall from Upson-Lee in Thomaston, Ga., and Julian Rochester from McEachern High are two of the top defensive tackles in the country and are expected to be in Auburn. Each has already made several trips to the Plains and both players have the Tigers high on their lists. Rochester is ranked the No. 5 defensive tackle next year with Marshall coming in at No. 25.

Daron Payne

Teammates at Carver High in Montgomery, Lyndell Wilson and Marlon Davidson, are a pair of talented defenders for 2016 with Wilson already a five-star outside linebacker. The younger brother of former Auburn defensive lineman Kenneth Carter, Davidson has offers from the Tigers, Alabama and others already. Also expected in is four-star outside linebacker Ben Davis from Gordo High School. The son of a former Alabama football player, Davis is rated the number four player at his position in the country for 2016.

Another pair of talented teammates from Central-Phenix City are also expected in for Saturday’s game as well led by 2016 defensive back John Broussard. A four-star prospect, Broussard already has well over a dozen offers including the Auburn Tigers. Not to be outdone, four-star 2017 linebacker Markail Benton has offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and others.

Just down the road is another top underclassman expected to visit, Columbus-Carver quarterback Jawon Pass. A talented passer with offers from many of the major schools in the country including Auburn, Pass is a four-star prospect and the No. 7 quarterback in the country for 2016.

The teammate trend continues as Auburn commitment Darrell Williams will be joined by talented teammate Jeremiah Moon on Saturday. A four-star linebacker, Williams is still getting pressured by Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma and others. Moon has an early offer from Mississippi State as a linebacker, but could grow into a defensive end before his career is done.

One of the top defensive back prospects at Auburn’s summer camps, JoeJuan Williams from Father Ryan High in Nashville, Tenn., is expected to take another trip back to the Plains this weekend after getting an offer from the Tigers during the summer. The prototypical cornerback in today’s football world, the 6-1, 200-pounder is rated a four-star safety for the 2016 class by Scout.com. Also expected to visit is four-star safety Marquez Callaway from Warner Robins, Ga. At 6-3, he is physically imposing roaming the secondary and is rated the No. 7 player at his position in the nation.

JoeJuan Williams

Continuing the theme of talented underclassmen expected to visit are brothers Tyler Johnston and Thomas Johnston from Spanish Fort. A promising class of 2016 quarterback prospect, Tyler already has offers from Southern Miss and UAB early in the process. A class of 2017 linebacker, Thomas has a Clemson offer and the list should only grow as he continues to mature as a player.

At the running back position one of the guys high on Auburn’s board is Tavien Feaster from Spartanburg, S.C. Already with an offer from the Tigers for the 2016 class, Feaster made a pair of visits during the spring and summer. A player who has a chance to move up the 2016 board at running back is big Denzel Mitchell from Hamilton (Ala.) High. Transferring back home after playing in Arkansas, Mitchell has several big-time offers already including Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Among the Auburn commitments expected in are offensive lineman Kaleb Kim from Mill Creek (Ga.) High, tight end Jalen Harris from St. James in Montgomery, athlete Jason Smith from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, defensive athletes Jordan Colbert from Griffin (Ga.) High and Montavius Atkinson from Langston Hughes (Ga.) High, defensive tackle Jauntavius Johnson from Lincoln, offensive lineman Tyler Carr from Southside-Gadsden, running back Kerryon Johnson from Madison Academy, quarterback Tyler Queen from North Cobb (Ga.) High, 2016 wide receiver Nate Craig from Tampa, Fla., and 2016 tight end Landon Rice from Calhoun, Ga.

Nate Craig

Other talented prospects expected to visit include 2016 safety Shawndarius Jennings from Dadeville, 2016 running back Kingston Davis from Prattville, 2017 defensive end Terry Fuller from Griffin (Ga.) High, 2016 safety Spencer Perry from Auburn, 2016 Quandarius Weaver from Central-Phenix City, 2016 running back Josh Johnson from Opelika, 2016 defensive end Zo Bridges from Opelika, 2017 quarterback Jake Bentley from Opelika, 2016 running back Derrick Smith and 2017 running back Michael Carter from Navarre (Fla.) High, 2016 quarterback Josh White from Walton (Ga.) High, kicker Ian Shannon from Marietta (Ga.) High, 2016 linebacker Riley Cole from Oneonta, four-star 2017 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon from Lee County (Ga.) High along with 2016 teammate Chris Barnes.


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