Auburn, Ala.--Despite the possibility of rain on Saturday, high school proms, the ACT and other spring games going on this weekend, the Auburn Tigers are expecting a very good group of prospects for Saturday’s A-Day festivities at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
One of the positions of need for the Tigers in the 2016 class is quarterback. While Auburn is very pleased with the development of young QB’s Sean White and Tyler Queen, the Tigers will be looking to sign at least one and maybe two in this class with the possibility that a big year could send Jeremy Johnson to the NFL.
One of the players that Auburn has a very good shot at will be visiting this weekend, four-star Jawon Pass out of Carver High in Columbus, Ga. A good fit for what Auburn wants to do on offense, Pass has been a frequent visitor to the Plains and another trip on Saturday is very good news for Gus Malzahn and company.
Offensive tackle is another need area with Auburn looking to sign three in this class. Already with one visit under his belt to see the Tigers, big Marcus Tatum from Mainland High in Daytona Beach is expected to be back in on Saturday. The 6-6, 270-pounder has close to a dozen offers, but Auburn, Florida and Miami are thought to be the early leaders for him.
Marcus Tatum is a big offensive tackle
Another offensive lineman expected to visit this weekend is big Brodarius Hamm from Spalding High in Griffin, Ga. Likely a guard on the next level, but with the athleticism to play right tackle if needed, Hamm is very high on the Tigers and could be someone to keep an eye on as far as a possible commitment from the weekend.
Perhaps the most important position for Auburn in the 2016 class is up front on the defensive line. Already with a pair of commitments in Quinnen Williams and David Marshall, who are both expected in on Saturday, the Tigers are off to a good start in that area. This weekend they’ll have the opportunity to impress several more top players with one of those being four-star defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson.
Rushing the passer is a point of emphasis this spring and Auburn is looking to add a pair of true pass rushers in 2016 as well. One of the best in the South is 6-6 Chidi Okonya from Riverdale, Ga. Already with offers from all over the country, he is getting a strong push from Georgia, Clemson and others, but a visit to Auburn could be huge for the Tigers this weekend.
Chidi Okonya is an impressive defensive end
A player starting to see his interest grow is Cecil Stallings from Chamblee (Ga.) High. Expected to visit this weekend, the 6-3, 240 Stallings has offers from programs such as Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, NC State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.
A player that could play defensive end or the Buck position in Will Muschamp’s defense, Antonneous Clayton is a 6-3, 219-pounder that already has an offer from Auburn along with Colorado State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and several others. From the same school as Montravius Adams, Clayton is another player worth keeping an eye on this weekend.
Definitely a player very interested in Auburn, big linebacker Donta Evans from Archer High in Lawrenceville, Ga. is someone to watch if he makes it back to the Plains this weekend. The 6-2, 226 prospect has offers from Louisville, Kentucky, NC State, North Carolina and several others, but the Tigers have been high on his list since early in the spring.
A 2017 linebacker that will be among the top players in the country, Jaden Hunter from Westlake (Ga.) High is also expected to visit along with big-time 2017 defensive end Malik Herring from Mary Persons (Ga.) High and Auburn commitment David Marshall. Herring is a talented defensive line prospect already with several offers.
Malik Herring is a physical 2017 defensive end
Auburn is one of the top teams for big linebacker Tre Threat from Spanish Fort, another player expected to visit on Saturday. On campus just two weeks ago for a Saturday scrimmage for the Tigers, Threat could play linebacker or Buck in Auburn’s defensive scheme should he choose the Tigers.
In the secondary, safety Jaewon Taylor from Park Crossing heads up a talented group of prospects expected in. One of the guys very high on Auburn’s board, Taylor should see his ranking continue to rise between now and signing day following a strong junior season. Now bigger and stronger, Taylor should be in position for a huge senior year. He’ll be joined by Florida safety commitment Spencer Perry. Visiting multiple times this spring, Perry could be a guy to keep an eye on closer to signing day for the Tigers.
Jaewon Taylor likes Auburn
Offensively the Tigers are expecting several talented skill players in this weekend including four-stars Elijah Stove at wide receiver and Elijah Holyfield at running back. A speedster with great ball skills, Stove has a great relationship with Dameyune Craig and the Niceville (Fla.) standout is another player that could be close to making a decision.
The same is true of Holyfield. With Auburn’s history of producing at the running back position, Holyfield has the Tigers very high on his list along with South Carolina, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Florida and several others. Wanting to make his decision before his senior season, Holyfield is definitely on Auburn’s radar heading into the weekend.
In addition to Stove at receiver the Tigers are also expecting in big Josh Imatorbhebhe from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga. A three-star receiver with the size to play the slot or even some H-Back if needed, Imatorbhebhe had a great visit to see Auburn in February and has the Tigers on his list along with Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State, South Carolina, Arizona State and Florida where his brother signed in 2015.
Josh Imatorbhebhe is an impressive physical player
Perhaps the biggest piece of the puzzle on offense is already on board for the Tigers, talented 2016 tight end Landon Rice. With the need a big one at tight end with just one scholarship player on campus and one coming in this fall, Auburn is getting a player in Rice that is capable of being a weapon in the passing game, but also a physical blocker.
Also expected in this weekend are running backs Malik Miller from Madison Academy and Kingston Davis from Prattville. Miller is a player the Tigers are in good shape with after signing teammate Kerryon Johnson last year, while Davis recently committed to Michigan. Big Josh Johnson from Opelika is another 2016 back expected to visit along with teammates Jake Bentley (2017 QB) and Zo Bridges (2016 LB).
Perhaps the biggest name of the weekend is from the 2017 class, five-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs from Peachtree Ridge in Georgia. Capable of playing wide receiver or defensive back on the next level, he has offers from just about the entire country already. He’ll be joined by teammate and 2017 linebacker Breon Dixon, who is already rated the No. 11 outside linebacker in the country next year.
DeAngelo Gibbs is a big-time 2017 prospect
Other talented 2017 prospects expected to visit include running back Alaric Williams from Southside-Gadsden, quarterbacks Lowell Narcisse from Louisiana and Jacob Free from Brantley, offensive tackles D'ante Demery from Brunswick, Ga. and five-star Calvin Ashley from Orlando, Fla., and rounding out the group are four-star linebackers Will Ignont from Buckhorn and Markail Benton from Central-Phenix City.
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