Auburn, Ala.--With the focus on the defensive side of the ball for the 2016 class, Auburn will have another big group of prospects on campus this weekend led by a host of four and five-star players. The biggest name expected in is five-star outside linebacker Lyndell Wilson from Carver-Montgomery, who will make the trip along with four-star teammate Marlon Davidson.
A physical outside linebacker rated the No. 11 player overall in the class, Wilson has offers from all over the country, but this one is expected to come down to a battle between Auburn and Alabama. The same is true of Davidson. The younger brother of former Auburn defensive lineman and current staff member Kenneth Carter, Davidson is a powerful end that could wind up inside at tackle down the line.
Another Auburn-Alabama battle could be for big linebacker Ben Davis from Gordo. The No. 53 player in the country, Davis is the son of former Alabama linebacker Wayne Davis, but has a strong interest in the Tigers along with Mississippi State and several others. Alabama is thought to be the team to beat for him however.
Yet another linebacker from in the state is athletic prospect P.J. Blue. Playing last season at Jemison, Blue is transferring to Park Crossing High in Montgomery for his senior season and should be a player to watch in the 2016 class. Capable of playing safety on the next level, Blue has offers from several top programs including Alabama, Clemson, Nebraska and South Carolina, but the Tigers could be next. He’s expected to be joined by safety teammate Jaewon Taylor, a talented player in his own right.
Teammates will be the theme on Saturday with four-star cornerback John Broussard expected to be back on the Plains along with 2017 linebacker Markail Benton. Looking at several schools including Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and LSU, Broussard is making a return trip after visiting with the coaches at a basketball game in January.
Up front is where the Tigers are looking for immediate help and several potential visitors have the chance to deliver in that role early if they sign with Auburn. A four-star tackle, big Antwuan Jackson from Cedar Grove (Ga.) High is physical player with offers from all over the country. Auburn, Alabama and Georgia are the early favorites for Jackson.
The No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation, Julian Rochester from McEachern High in Powder Springs, Ga. is one of the most dominant players in the country at his position. Auburn has long been the early favorite for Rochester, but Georgia has made a push for him recently. This could be a big weekend for the Tigers to make a move back in front.
There is no question the Tigers are in good shape for big defensive end David Marshall from Thomaston, Ga. At 6-4, 253, Marshall is also looking at Alabama and Georgia, but Auburn is the heavy favorite for him as he gets ready to visit and he could pull the trigger on a commitment this weekend if things go well.
An Auburn commitment and the son of a former great running back, Stephen Davis is expected to take a trip back to the Plains this weekend as well. Versatile enough to play safety or linebacker for the Tigers, Davis should be a great fit for Muschamp’s scheme.
Powerful and explosive, 6-3, 230 linebacker Tre Lamar is expected to be on the Plains this weekend after taking junior day visits to Alabama, Clemson and Georgia already. The type of player that would be a good fit in Will Muschamp’s defense, Lamar is hearing from schools all over the country including Miami, Notre Dame and others.
Joining Broussard as one of the top defensive backs in the 2016 class is big safety JoeJuan Williams from Father Ryan High in Nashville. Picking up an offer from the Tigers over the summer following an impressive summer camp performance, Williams is rated as the No. 14 safety in the country.
On the offensive side of the ball the Tigers are expecting several big-time players including big tackle E.J. Price from Archer High in Lawrenceville, Ga. Rated the 12th-best tackle prospect in the nation, Price is a teammate of recent visitor Kyle Davis and has the Tigers very high on his list heading into the visit.
A top running back prospect and the son of Evander Holyfield, Elijah Holyfield is a speedy back that has the physicality to play early on the next level. Auburn is just one of many schools in the mix for him early as he makes a return trip to the Plains. Some others are Georgia, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Other prospects expected to visit include 2016 commitment Quinnen Williams from Wenonah, big 2016 linebacker Erroll Thompson from Florence, athlete Jay Jones from McAdory, 2017 prospect T.J. Carter from Hendersonville, Tenn., 2017 tackle Austin Troxell from Madison Academy, 2017 wide receiver Tyler Smith from McEachern High in Ga., and 2016 center Brett Heggie from Mount Dora, Fla.