Auburn, Ala.--Big Cat Weekend, which has been an effective recruiting tool for the Auburn football Tigers, will take place on Saturday with Coach Gus Malzahn and his assistants planning to entertain several dozen talented prospects.
With need areas on both sides of the ball the Tigers will focus on continuing to add to what is already a solid group of 2016 commitments.
Marlon Davidson is shown at a 2014 Auburn football camp.
The defensive group of expected visitors includes highly-regarded line prospects such as Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson, Antwuan Jackson, Antonneous Clayton and Michail Carter along with commitments David Marshall and Quinnen Williams.
A five-star tackle, Brown is a physical player who is expected to make his trip into an extended stay to get a better feel for Auburn.
The younger brother of former Auburn defensive lineman and current staff member Kenneth Carter, Davidson has made several trips to the Plains this spring.
One of the top players in Georgia, Jackson has had the Tigers high on his list since early in the process and another visit could be big for the Tigers.
The cousin of Auburn’s Montravius Adams, Clayton is a up-and-coming defensive end prospect who has gained a lot of steam on the recruiting trail since getting an offer from the Tigers this spring.
Yet another four-star defensive tackle from Georgia, Carter is rated the No. 26 player at his position in the country.
Both physical and athletic, Marshall and Williams will be back on campus with talented 2017 prospect Malik Herring also visiting with Marshall from Georgia.
Another top 2017 defensive lineman expected to visit is Ryan Johnson from St. Paul’s in Mobile.
Along with linebacker commitment Tre Threat, Auburn is expecting visits this weekend from Georgia linebacker prospects Tre Lamar and Donta Evans. Lamar is a four-star from Roswell High and has had the Tigers at the top of his list because of his interest in the engineering program.
A physical prospect, Evans has visited Louisville and N.C. State in addition to Auburn, but there is no question he is very interested in the Tigers.
A prospect making his first trip to the Plains is Jaleel Laguins from Watkinsville, Ga. A talented player, he is someone who could move into the mix with the Tigers with a strong visit.
One of the top class of 2017 players in Alabama, Will Ignont from Buckhorn is also expected to visit and is a recruit who could play either linebacker or running back on the next level.
Auburn commitments John Broussard and Stephen Davis Jr. lead a group of talented players secondary players expected in on Saturday. One of the most important recruits is cornerback JaMarcus King from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Originally from Blount High in Prichard, King has developed into one of the top juco corners in the country and Auburn could be the team to beat as he heads into the weekend visit.
The same is true of Jeawon Taylor, a talented safety from Park Crossing High in Montgomery. One of the top players on Auburn’s board, Taylor is definitely a name to remember this weekend.
Another defensive back commitment who will visit this weekend is Jayvaughn Myers from Pasco, Fla., High. Receiving an offer from Auburn on Thursday, Myers is expected to visit along with his brother and five-star receiver Nate Craig. Craig will be back on the Auburn campus for the first time since backing off his verbal commitment to the Tigers.
A talented prospect who could play either side of the ball, speedy Mecole Hardman is also expected in for Big Cat Weekend and will likely get attention from coaches on both sides of the ball. Capable of playing wide receiver or defensive back, Hardman is one of the most dynamic prospects in the country for 2016.
On the other side of the ball quarterback Jawon Pass is planning to announce his decision on July 13 and will be back on the Auburn campus this weekend to take another look at the Tigers. With one of his other favorites, the Louisville Cardinals, getting a commitment from another quarterback last week, Pass could be looking squarely at Auburn while on his trip.
At the running back position the Tigers are expecting a pair of big-time prospects to be Big Cat visitors in Elijah Holyfield and Malik Miller. A four-star prospect with offers from all over the country, Holyfield is high on the Tigers and could be the guy for Auburn at that position down the road. Rated as the nation’s No. 1 fullback but with the ability to play tailback, Miller has had an offer from the Tigers for two years and has a strong relationship with the staff.
In addition to five-star Craig at wide receiver, Auburn is expected a star-studded group of visitors at the position this weekend with four-stars Devin Duvernay, Elijah Stove and Kyle Davis three of the biggest names.
Rated as the No. 4 wide receiver in the country, Duvernay will be making his first trip to Auburn.
Elijah Stove makes a catch an Auburn camp.
A long-time lean to the Tigers, Stove has camped at Auburn the last two summers and has a strong bond with AU wide receivers Dameyune Craig.
Rated as an athlete by Scout, Davis is a big, physical wide receiver who was once committed to South Carolina before backing off that decision.
Adding an Auburn offer in April, three-star wide receiver Jalen Elliot has seen his stock take off in recent weeks with big offers from around the country and will be making his first trip to the Plains as well.
Auburn’s need for help on the offensive line, particularly offensive tackle, makes that group of visitors even more important with OL coach J.B. Grimes looking for help in the 2016 class and beyond. Leading the way is juco standout Garrett Boles from Utah. Making his first trip to see the Tigers, Boles got a visit from Grimes in the spring and could be a quick fix at the position in 2016 for Auburn.
From the high school ranks the Tigers are expecting visits from Scott Lashley, teammates Jauan Williams and Richard Merritt from Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C., and 2017 five-star Calvin Ashley. Having already visited Auburn, Lashley is a physical offensive tackle prospect from West Point, Miss. At 6-6, 270, Williams is making his second trip to Auburn after checking out the Tigers in the spring. Merritt didn’t make the first visit, but is a big-time offensive lineman in his own right as well.