Miller, 5-Star OT Headline Weekend Visitors

Madison Academy standout Malik Miller as well as five-star offensive tackle Richard Merritt headline the potential visit list this weekend for the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn will once again have a handful of prospects on campus this weekend as the Tigers continue to build relationships in the 2016 class and beyond. With a big-time running back prospect from in-state and one of the top offensive tackles in the nation among the guys coming in, Gus Malzahn and company should have another busy weekend.

Already very familiar with the Tigers after making several visits to the Plains in the last few years, Madison Academy running back Malik Miller is one of the biggest names expected in on Saturday.

Rated a three-star fullback by Scout, the 6-0, 230 Miller has been a key part of three state championship teams for the Mustangs while playing alongside Auburn signee Kerryon Johnson. Already with a strong relationship with Auburn and especially Coach Tim Horton, Miller is a big tailback that has the ability to be a workhorse as a ball carrier.

Already committed to the Tigers, tight end Landon Rice is expected to be back on campus as well along with teammate Jack DeFoor. A physical player that also excelled as a defensive lineman at Calhoun, Rice is a player that could help out immediately. With offers from several top programs already including Clemson, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Michigan, Vanderbilt and others, DeFoor is a talented guard prospect.

Landon Rice

Another offensive line prospect getting plenty of attention is Luke Elder from LaGrange, Ga. Already with offers from Cal, Clemson, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and others, the 6-4, 285-pounder is a fast-riser in the recruiting world and could be an Auburn target down the road.

Rounding out the list of expected visitors on Saturday is Virginia Tech commitment Logan Byrd. A strong-armed quarterback from Perry, Ga., Byrd has been a starter since his freshman season and at 6-3, 225, has the size to be a presence in the pocket on the next level.

In addition to the Saturday visitors, Auburn is expected to have a trio of prospects in from the Washington D.C. area led by the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle Richard Merritt from Archbishop Carroll High. At 6-5, 325, he’s one of the most physical linemen in the country in the 2016 class and has offers from all over the nation.

Richard Merritt is a physical lineman

Fellow offensive tackle teammate Jauan Williams is an impressive prospect in his own right, rated a four-star and the No. 17 tackle in the country. Also making the visit is 2017 cornerback Deon Jones. He is already rated the No. 11 player at his position in the country for next season.


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