Big Recruiting Weekend Coming For Tigers

This weekend could be a big one for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers with a large group of top prospects expected on campus.

Auburn, Ala.--This weekend the Auburn Tigers will have dozens of top prospects on hand with Big Cat Weekend taking place Saturday on the Plains, including most of the current commitments. One of the key positions in the 2016 class is at quarterback and expected to visit is four-star Jawon Pass from Carver High in Columbus, Ga.

A talented player that has had the Tigers at the top of his list along with Louisville since early in the spring, Pass could be close to pulling the trigger for Auburn after the Cardinals got a quarterback commitment over the weekend. With Woody Barrett expected to announce next week, it could speed up the process for Pass, who was expected to wait to announce at The Opening in July.

A pair of wide receivers expected to visit this weekend are five-star Nate Craig and four-star Elijah Stove. Despite his recent decommitment from Auburn, Craig is still very high on the Tigers and another visit to the Plains could be big for their chances. With Auburn as his leaders, Stove could be a player to keep an eye on if he makes the trip up from Niceville, Fla.

Elijah Stove

With Auburn hoping to add more talent in the backfield, two of the players expected to visit this weekend could be big additions to the 2016 class down the road. Rated a four-star back by Scout, speedy Elijah Holyfield has made a couple of visits to Auburn and has the Tigers as one of his favorite schools heading into the summer.

Having an Auburn offer since his sophomore season at Madison Academy, Malik Miller has built a great relationship with Tim Horton and Gus Malzahn in the last two years. A physical player that could play a number of different positions for the Tigers, Miller is rated as the nation’s top fullback.

Malik Miller

One of the key visitors could be junior college offensive tackle Garrett Bolles from Snow College in Utah. Originally committed to BYU, Bolles backed off his commitment this spring and one of the places he wants to check out is Auburn. With a need for a veteran offensive tackle to come in and challenge for playing time in 2016, the Tigers are definitely in the mix for Bolles and this weekend could be huge for him. Also expected in is talented tackle Scott Lashley from Mississippi. A physical player, Lashley made a trip to see the Tigers this spring and getting another visit would be big for Auburn's chances. The same could be true of big Parker Boudreaux. A talented offensive lineman, Boudreaux has visited Auburn before and is expected back this weekend. With five-star 2017 offensive tackle Calvin Ashley also expected in, Coach J.B. Grimes will have at least four big targets on hand.

Defensively, Auburn is looking to beef up the front four in the 2016 class and several of the guys the Tigers are focusing on are expected to be among the group this weekend. The biggest name of the group is five-star tackle Derrick Brown from Georgia. With the Bulldogs and Alabama among the biggest contenders along with Auburn, Brown is a difference maker up front and getting him back on campus would be another big step for the Tigers.

Derrick Brown

One of the top players in Alabama, four-star Marlon Davidson, has been a frequent visitor to the Auburn campus with his brother Kenneth Carter and former player for the Tigers and now on the staff. A physical player that could play end or tackle in Will Muschamp’s defense, Davidson has offers from all over the country.

The same is true of big-time tackle Antwuan Jackson. Capable of being a difference-maker inside, Jackson could be a force in Auburn’s 3-4 look because of his combination of size and quickness of the ball. With the ability to play early, Jackson could be a key part of the class if he were to join the Tigers down the road.

Already with one linebacker on board in the class, big Tre Threat from Spanish Fort, Auburn is hoping to add at least one more and Tre Lamar is a prime target expected to be back on campus this weekend. Big and physical, Lamar gives a defense the ability to rush off the edge as well as stop up the middle against the run. With Auburn’s engineering program a huge selling point for Lamar, the weekend could be just the thing for him and his family to put the Tigers over the top. With Gordo standout Ben Davis likely heading over as well, Auburn will have yet another linebacker on campus capable of playing early.

Tre Lamar

With a huge need in the secondary and already with commitments from cornerback John Broussard and safety Stephen Davis Jr., Park Crossing standout Jeawon Taylor is a player that could end his recruiting this weekend if things go well on his return trip to see the Tigers. While his plans are to wait until later in the summer, Taylor will get a strong push from Muschamp and Travaris Robinson to join the class.

One of the top athletes in the country, speedy Mecole Hardman is yet another expected visitor. Capable of playing offense or defense, Hardman is rated a four-star by Scout and the No. 12 athlete in the nation. With Georgia and Tennessee his leaders for much of the spring, getting Hardman back on the Auburn campus would be a big deal for the Tigers.

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