Rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation, 6-4, 192 Preston Williams from Lovejoy High in Georgia has visited Auburn several times in the last year and has built a relationship with Coach Dameyune Craig and the rest of the staff. With a need at wide receiver with Sammie Coates leaving early for the NFL and Quan Bray also gone, the Tigers could make a strong push for the five-star this weekend.
Making things even more interesting is the loss of Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian just this week to take a job with the Tampa Bay Bucs. That leaves some questions about the direction of the Vols’ offense down the road and could open the door for Auburn if the visit goes well.
A surprise Georgia product visiting Auburn this weekend, this one committed to Mark Richt's Bulldogs, is four-star wide receiver Darius Slayton from Greater Atlanta Christian School. Recruited first as a cornerback by the Tigers, Slayton is likely to get his first look at wide receiver on the next level after focusing on that position as a senior. The nephew of former Auburn linebacker Darrell Crawford, Slayton was a frequent visitor to the Plains early in the process and has a strong relationship with the staff.
One of the top linebacker prospects in the state, athletic Richard McBryde, was scheduled to visit Auburn last weekend, but a death in the family forced him to put it off a week. Now he willl have more one-on-one time with new coordinator Will Muschamp and future position Coach Lance Thompson, which should be a good thing for the Tigers with Florida still pushing for a visit before signing day.
Continuing to hit the recruiting trail looking for defensive backs who can cover in space, Auburn is expected to play host to 6-2, 185 Carlton Davis for a visit this weekend to try to sway the Buckeyes’ commitment. A talented player who has a longstanding relationship with Auburn assistant Travaris Robinson, Davis reaffirmed his commitment to Ohio State earlier this month, but a trip to the Plains could make things interesting down the stretch.
Another athletic defensive back who is scheduled to be in Auburn this weekend is Kentucky commitment Jeremiah Dinson from American High in Hialeah, Fla. A player who has seen his recruiting take off following a strong senior season, Dinson is a true corner and is getting a strong push from the Florida Gators as well following a visit to Gainesville last week. With a trip to Auburn this weekend, if things go well it could be a three-team race for Dinson with just over a week until signing day.
With the need for help at punter, Auburn has a commitment from powerful kicker Ian Shannon from Marietta, Ga., High School and he’s expected to visit as well this weekend. Handling all the kicking duties in high school, Shannon is expected to concentrate on punting when he arrives at Auburn. If he could come in and win the job next season it would take pressure off kicker Daniel Carlson, a move that should pay dividends for the Tigers on special teams for several years to come.
Tiger Ticket Extra: The five-star WR Williams will be joined in Auburn this weekend by one of the nation’s top junior college wide receivers, big Camion Patrick from East Mississippi Community College. One of the reasons why the Lions won their third national title in the last four years, the former Tennessee signee had a monster season catching passes from Chad Kelly.
Leading the team with 42 receptions for 631 yards and 12 touchdowns, the 6-2, 225-pounder also showed his versatility by averaging 13.4 yards per punt return in 2015. Louisville, Tennessee and Kansas State are just some of the schools high on the list for Patrick with Indiana his first offer. He was scheduled to visit Manhattan this weekend, but making the trip could be huge news for the Tigers.
Some very good news for Auburn on the visitor front is that four-star offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke is expected to back on campus Monday for one more look at the Tigers. Having already taken his official visit during the fall, the athletic offensive lineman getting back on the Plains has to be considered good news for Auburn's chances with him on signing day.
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