Five-Star Weekend For Auburn Recruiting

Auburn is expecting a pair of official visitors this weekend, including five-star junior college defensive end Marquavius Lewis.

Auburn, Ala.--The final home game of the 2014 football season means one more opportunity for Coach Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers to have prospects on campus. Needing help on the defensive line, junior college standout end Marquavius Lewis and four-star tackle Neville Gallimore are expected be on hand for official visits along with several top unofficial visitors as the Tigers take on the Samford Bulldogs.

An athletic outside linebacker coming out of high school, Lewis has turned into a dominant defensive end for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, Lewis is committed to the home state South Carolina Gamecocks, but has kept in close contact with Rodney Garner and the Tigers since visiting last spring.

Very familiar with current Tigers and former Hutchinson players Ben Bradley, Kenny Flowers and Devonte Danzey, Lewis could be just what the doctor ordered for Auburn’s struggling pass rush heading into 2015. Named Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Lewis produced 60 tackles, 11 sacks, 20 tackles for losses and 20 quarterback hurries this season.

A powerful defensive lineman out of Canada, Gallimore was originally scheduled to visit Oregon this weekend, but a strong push from the Tigers the last three weeks has him headed to the Plains. Rated a four-star defensive tackle by Scout.com, Gallimore was impressive at The Opening over the summer and has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio. Also looking at Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida State, Gallimore is a player with a ton of upside with the size to play early on the next level.

Four-Star DT From Canada Visiting Auburn

Another player with the size to play right away is five-star defensive tackle Daron Payne from Shades Valley. Expected to be back at Auburn on Saturday, Payne is looking at the Tigers, Alabama and Mississippi State at the moment. Growing up an Auburn fan, Payne would be a huge piece of the puzzle for the 2015 class.

Daron Payne is a massive defensive tackle.

Also a position of need for the Tigers is at wide receiver. It’s still to be determined if Duke Williams and Sammie Coates will enter the NFL Draft after this season or come back for their senior years. That would obviously have a huge impact on what the position would look like next year. Even if they return Auburn will have a big need at the position in 2016, something that four-star talent Tyron Johnson could help with. Expected to take an unofficial visit this weekend, he could return later for an official trip if all things go well this weekend.

Currently rated a four-star prospect and the No. 6 receiver by Scout, Johnson is built like a running back and plays that way for Warren Easton Charter in New Orleans. With offers from all over the country, Johnson and the possibility of adding John Burt along with already committed D'Anfernee McGriff would be a huge trio for Coach Dameyune Craig.

More good news for the Tigers this weekend comes with the return of five-star running back commitment Jovon Robinson to the Plains. Expected to come in and challenge for immediate playing time with Cameron Artis-Payne gone after this season, Robinson will move to Auburn in December and start classes in January. There is a chance he could practice with the team during bowl preparations to get a head start on next season.

Jovon Robinson is one of the top backs in the country for 2015

Other commitments expected to visit this weekend include four-star linebacker Darrell Williams from Hoover, tight end Jalen Harris from St. James, quarterback Tyler Queen from North Cobb (Ga.) High, offensive lineman Tyler Carr from Southside-Gadsden, linebacker Richard McBryde from Charles Henderson in Troy and 2016 wide receiver Nate Craig from Tampa.

Auburn is also expecting a large group of underclassmen to be in attendance as well including 2016 running back Kingston Davis from Prattville, 2016 standouts Octavious Cooley and Keon Howard from Laurel (Miss.) High along with senior wide receiver Omar Bayless, 2016 defensive end Kurtis Beamon from Huffman, 2016 offensive lineman Brodarius Hamm from Spalding High in Griffin, Ga., 2016 wide receiver Stephen Sullivan from Donaldsonville, La., 2016 linebacker Tre Threat from Spanish Fort, 2017 offensive tackle Austin Troxell from Madison Academy and 2016 athlete Jordan Jones from McAdory.


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