Another Big Recruiting Weekend For Tigers

Auburn will have official and unofficial visitors on campus this weekend, including one of the top linebacker prospects in the country for 2015 and several top 2016 defensive linemen.

Auburn, Ala.--It should be a perfect weather weekend on the Plains as the Auburn Tigers take on South Carolina in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night, but the football game isn’t the only news of the weekend for Coach Gus Malzahn’s club.

With just three home games remaining it’s another opportunity to showcase Auburn’s gameday atmosphere for recruits in the 2015, 2016 and even 2017 classes. One of the main guys in attendance this weekend is four-star fullback commitment Chandler Cox. In for his official visit to see the Tigers, Cox is scheduled to be a December graduate from Apopka (Fla.) High.

Read more about his upcoming visit HERE

Auburn's need for help on the defensive line could get a big boost with a weekend official visit from four-star junior college tackle D.J. Jones. Currently a Florida State commitment, Jones is a standout at East Mississippi Community College and could step in and help the Tigers right away next season with the loss of four senior defensive tackles.

A physical presence in the middle of the defense, Jones made a visit to Auburn in May and considered the Tigers, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and several others before choosing the Seminoles. He's scheduled to be a December graduate.

In addition to Cox and Jones, Auburn is expecting a large and talented group of unofficial visitors with big-time linebacker Roquan Smith expected to be back on the Plains for the first time this fall. Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 2 middle linebacker in the nation by , Smith was high on the Tigers for much of the spring and early summer, but could be looking once again at Auburn. Georgia, Florida, UCLA, Miami, and Florida State are just several of the other schools still in the mix for Smith, but he is expected to take his recruiting all the way until signing day before making a choice.

Smith is the highest rated of the 2015 prospects expected to visit, but there will be plenty of junior and sophomores on hand that already have offers from across the country, including several of the top defensive linemen in the land.

The No. 7 defensive tackle for 2016, big Derrick Brown from Lanier High in Buford, Ga., has visited Auburn several times since the spring and should be back this weekend to see the Tigers take on South Carolina. Making the trip up I-85 to see the Tigers again is Marlon Davidson. The younger brother of former Auburn defensive tackle Kenneth Carter, Davidson is having a huge year for Carver-Montgomery.

Derrick Brown is one of the top 2016 defensive tackles in the country

Another player from outside the state who has already taken a closer look at the Tigers and is expected to return is four-star defensive end McTelvin Agim from Hope, Ark. Ranked as the No. 11 defensive end for 2016, Agim is a physical presence on the defensive line already and still has another year of high school football left to play as does big Antwuan Jackson from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga. Already a four-star defensive tackle, he’s one of several top junior linemen from Georgia that are high on the Tigers.

A pair of teammates expected to be back on the Plains this weekend are four-star 2016 cornerback John Broussard and 2017 linebacker Markail Benton from Central High in Phenix City. Planning to make his decision in December, Broussard likes Auburn, but is also very high on LSU after growing up in Louisiana. He’s also considering Florida State, Georgia and Kentucky. A big-time sophomore linebacker, Benton already has an offer from the Tigers and has them high on his early list.

Another 2017 prospect expected to visit is already considered one of the top players in the nation with five stars next to his name. At 6-2 and nearly 200 pounds, defensive back DeAngelo Gibbs from Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) High is the nephew of former NFL standouts Dale Carter and Jake Reed, a defensive back and wide receiver respectively. Playing both as a sophomore, Gibbs is expected to be a safety on the next level, but could easily play wide receiver. He already has offers from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and several other programs.

On the offensive side of the ball Auburn already has a commitment from talented 2016 tight end Landon Rice, but another big-timer from the class is expected to visit this weekend in No. 7 prospect Isaac Nauta. Currently at Buford (Ga.) High, Nauta is planning a move back to Florida to play football as a senior and has offers from all over the country. He is good friends with Auburn 2015 QB commitment Tyler Queen and the two should be able to spend quality time together on Saturday.

The No. 2 rated running back for 2016, speedy Tavien Feaster has already visited Auburn and likes what he sees from the Tigers. This Saturday night he’ll get the opportunity to see how they match up against the home state Gamecocks when he makes a return trip. Clemson and North Carolina are just two of the other schools he’s considering at the moment, but Auburn has already made a big impact on Feaster early in the process.

Expected to be on hand with Feaster is another top 2016 prospect from South Carolina, Auburn commitment Stephen Davis Jr.. A four-star prospect who could play a number of different positions on defense for the Tigers, Davis is a talented athlete that should fit in well with Johnson’s defensive scheme.

Tavien Feaster is an explosive running back

Two more South Carolina standouts who will visit are 2016 teammates Jaylan Foster and Chavis Dawkins. A player at both defensive back and wide receiver for Byrnes High, Foster was one of the top performers at Auburn’s 7-on-7 team camp while Dawkins already has several early offers including North Carolina State. They are expected to spend plenty of time with former teammate and 2017 quarterback Jake Bentley. Currently at Opelika High School, Bentley is the son of Auburn offensive analyst Bobby Bentley and already has an offer from the Tigers.

A massive offensive line prospect who made a move from Florida to Georgia early in the high school season, Chidi Valentine-Okeke earned an Auburn offer at a summer camp and has since added offers from just about every program in the country. Trying to get re-classified as a 2015 prospect, Valentine-Okeke is definitely another name to keep in mind for the Tigers with Alabama, Georgia and Florida State also very much in the mix.

The son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, Elijah Holyfield is an up-and-coming running back in the 2016 class already with offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and several others. Still waiting on an offer from Auburn, he’s expected to make the trip over from College Park (Ga.) where he plays for Woodward Academy.

Auburn is already in good shape at running back for the 2015 class with commitments from junior college standout Jovon Robinson and four-star back Kerryon Johnson. Hoping to lead Madison Academy to its third consecutive state title, Johnson will be back on the Plains this weekend along with teammate Austin Troxell. At 6-8, 275 and just a sophomore, Troxell plays tight end and offensive tackle for Madison Academy, but will definitely be an offensive lineman down the road. He’s a player who should get plenty of offers between now and this time next season based on his athleticism and upside as a player.

Austin Troxell is an impressive young lineman for Madison Academy

Among the Auburn commitments expected to attend including Cox and Queen are linebacker Darrell Williams from Hoover along with teammate Bradrick Shaw, Jordan Colbert from Griffin (Ga.) along with 2017 teammate Terry Fuller, offensive linemen Kaleb Kim from Mill Creek (Ga.) High, Bailey Sharp from Sprayberry High in Marietta, Ga., and Tyler Carr from Southside-Gadsden, tight end Jalen Harris from St. James (Montgomery), defensive tackle Jauntavius Johnson from Lincoln, defensive back Chris Westry from Oakleaf (Fla.) High, and kicker Ian Shannon from Marietta, Ga.

Other prospects expected to visit include 2016 offensive lineman Drew Wilson from Bamberg, S.C., 2017 defensive back Jaymest Williams from Archer High in Lawrenceville, Ga., 2016 linebacker P.J. Blue from Jemison, 2015 tight end G.G. Robinson from Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., 2016 running back Kingston Davis from Prattville, 2016 offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett, kicker Sage Ledbetter, running back Tyus Flakes and safety Spencer Perry from Auburn High, 2016 tight end Kyle Fourtenbary and defensive end Zo Bridges from Opelika, 2015 running back Brandon Baynes from Tallassee, 2015 running back Thomas Ozmint and 2016 safety Pace Ozmint from Glencoe, 2016 linebacker Erroll Thompson from Florence, and 2015 running back JaMarius Henderson from Dale County.


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