Defensive Line and Linebackers
Terry Beckner--One of the top defensive linemen in the country, Beckner has visited Auburn and Ohio State and is set to see Missouri this weekend. Building a strong bond with several players at the Under Armour Game who are also considering the Tigers, Beckner has talked about early playing time and that is definitely available at Auburn. This one is too close to call with Auburn in the mix, but my thoughts are Mizzou is currently the team to beat.
Byron Cowart--One of the keys to Auburn’s finish in 2015 is Cowart. A dominant defensive end that could help immediately as a pass rusher, Cowart has a strong bond with Will Muschamp and that could be just the thing to push the Tigers over Florida in the end. I definitely like Auburj’s chances here.
CeCe Jefferson--This one is still too close to call here with as many as four teams still in the mix. Jefferson is enjoying the recruiting process and hasn’t given any hints as to where he may end up. Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and even Alabama are in the hunt with LSU still also a possibility.
Arden Key--Expected to visit Auburn this weekend, Key looks to be a three-team race with South Carolina and LSU. Even though he has decommitted from the Gamecocks twice already, Steve Spurrier’s team is still very much in the picture with LSU also a strong contender. The visit will be a big one for Auburn’s chances.
Prince Tega Wanogho Jr.--Another player expected to visit this weekend, Prince Tega is a player Auburn has a great shot to land when all is said and done. Having already visited LSU and with offers from several other schools, he has plenty of options. The big question for him is when will he sign? Just reclassifying to the 2015 class a few weeks ago, he could carry his recruiting several more weeks if he wants to take other visits. Auburn will try to push for him to sign on Wednesday if the Tigers can get a commitment following his visit.
Prince Tega Wanogho Jr.
Richard McBryde--A longtime Auburn commitment, McBryde considered taking a visit to Florida this weekend, but that doesn't look to be the case now. Like we thought all along he's solidly committed to the Tigers.
Jeff Holland--While Auburn has been in good shape with Holland for quite some time, you never know in recruiting until the faxes are in. Taking a trip to Ole Miss last week and possibly going to Florida this weekend, Holland is keeping it interesting.
Carlton Davis--A longtime Ohio State commitment, he was obviously impressed with his visit from Gus Malzahn, Muschamp and Travaris Robinson on Wednesday. It was enough that he cancelled a visit from the Buckeyes, pretty much ending his recruiting unless something changes between now and Wednesday. He looks to be all Auburn at the moment, but we may not know for sure until signing day.
Javaris Davis--There is no question that Davis enjoyed his visit to Auburn two weeks ago and the Tigers are considered a real threat to land the four-star defensive back. While Florida, Georgia, Louisville and North Carolina all still in the mix, Davis is one of the final pieces of the puzzle the Tigers are hoping to add come signing day.
Ryan Davis--Auburn continues to be squarely in the picture for Davis with Florida still thought to be the team to beat by some. While Michigan, Alabama and others try to get in the hunt, this looks to be another Tigers-Gators battle.
Torrance Gibson--Still committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Gibson visited Auburn two weeks ago and the Tigers are in the mix. The same could be said for LSU as well with the Bengal Tigers trying to make a late run. At this point in the game it would be an upset if he ends up anywhere but Columbus, but he has liked Auburn since early in the process and that could be important when all is said and done.
Terry Godwin--Even though Godwin made return trips to both Auburn and Alabama the last two weeks, it still appears that the talented receiver is likely to be a Georgia Bulldog despite a push from the Tigers.
Martez Ivey--This one still has all the makings of a true signing day decision. I’m not sure Ivey will know until he wakes up on Wednesday morning. Growing up following Florida and with best friend Chandler Cox already at Auburn, both schools have made a strong push for him. Still with an in-home visit left, the Tigers will give it one final shot this week.
Camion Patrick--The physical junior college receiver visited Auburn last week and has the Tigers high on his list along with Louisville. Likely visiting Indiana this weekend, if he leaves without committing to the Hoosiers then he could be a name to watch on signing day for the Tigers.
Devante Peete--A physical wide receiver/tight end prospect out of one of the top programs in Florida at St. Thomas Aquinas, the 6-5 Peete visited Louisville last weekend and has interest from several other top programs. Expected to visit Auburn this weekend, he is likely going to need to go the junior college route to start his career.
Dominique Reed--A playmaker originally from Camden, Ark., and now at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, Reed has Auburn on his list along with Arkansas, Arizona State and Texas A&M. The Tigers may have some ground to make up, but if he makes his expected visit this weekend that could easily happen.
Darius Slayton--Auburn continues to try to make a run at Slayton with the Tigers looking for another outside receiver. If the Georgia commitment returns to Athens for an unofficial visit this weekend as expected, that would be a strong sign he is going to the Dawgs.
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In addition to this weekend’s official visitors the Tigers are also expecting several junior visitors on campus including California offensive lineman Jonah Williams, Brodarious Hamm, Charles Wiley and Quinnen Williams. Hamm is an interesting guy. While he is rated as a three-star defensive tackle, he likely projects as more of an offensive lineman on the next level. I saw him play earlier this year against Jordan Colbert’s Griffin team and he definitely looks the part. Already a four-star, Wiley is an explosive edge rusher in the 2016 class. Quinnen Williams is a defensive lineman from Wenonah that committed to Auburn a few weeks back, but has yet to solidify that with Gus Malzahn. That could come this weekend.