Bluechip Prospects Visiting Tigers

Auburn is expecting a big and talented group of official visitors this weekend including one of the top offensive tackles in the country.

Malik Miller (above) is taking an official visit to check out Gus Malzahn's Tigers this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--Returning home for the Auburn Tigers means a big recruiting weekend on tap for Gus Malzahn’s program with three official visitors and dozens of unofficial visits lined up for Mississippi State weekend.

The biggest name among the group is five-star offensive tackle Greg Little from Allen High School in Texas.  Ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect and No. 1 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, Little will be taking his official visit to the Plains and should see plenty of opportunity for playing time in Auburn’s offense in the coming years. That’s a big selling point for Coach J.B. Grimes and the Auburn staff, but Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss are all getting visits from the 6-6 tackle so it’s an SEC battle for him down the stretch.

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Five-star offensive tackle Greg Little is making the trip to Auburn from Texas.

Also expected to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend is four-star wide receiver and USC commitment Josh Imatorbhebhe from North Gwinnett (Ga.) High. A 6-2, 205-pounder with good speed and very physical, Imatorbhebhe has visited Auburn several times and has an interest in the Tigers. With the need for help at the position because of having three seniors Auburn could be a team to watch for him.

Rounding out the official visit group this weekend is Auburn running back commitment Malik Miller from Madison Academy. Rated as the nation’s top fullback prospect, Miller has worked hard to be a true tailback and will get that shot for the Tigers next year.

Expected to visit with Miller this weekend is teammate and four-star 2017 offensive tackle Austin Troxell.

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Josh Imatorbhebhe is a talented wide receiver.

In addition to the three official visitors, Auburn is also expecting a pair of the top defensive tackles in the country to be hand, five-star Derrick Brown and four-star Antwuan Jackson, both from Georgia. Already in the stands for two Auburn games this season Brown is definitely showing a lot of interest in the Tigers at the moment and with the need at his position the opportunity to play early is there for a player of his caliber.

The same is true of Jackson. A four-star talent out of Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Jackson has made close to a dozen trips to Auburn in the last year and has the Tigers on top of his list along with Ohio State. Another likely early contributor, Jackson has the talent to rush the passer, but also the size to hold up against the run.

Also playing for Cedar Grove is one of Auburn’s top linebacker targets, Elysee Mbem-Bosse. The Tigers are very much in the picture for him following several summer visits. Jackson and Mbem-Bosse will be joined by teammate and 2017 Alabama offensive line commitment Netori Johnson.

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Big-time linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse is one of the top prospects in Georgia.

Another pair of talented teammates is expected to visit on Saturday as well, Auburn commitment John Broussard and 2017 linebacker Markail Benton from Central High School in Phenix City. A four-star cornerback, Broussard is having a very good start to his senior season with the four-star Benton one of the top juniors in the state.

Also currently committed to Auburn, Daquan Newkirk is expected back on campus since choosing the Tigers over the summer. A former Auburn commitment, defensive lineman David Marshall, is also expected to make a visit as well this weekend. He’s still very much on the radar for the Tigers despite backing off his early verbal.

Two more current commitments expected to visit on Saturday are four-star wide receiver Elijah Stove from Niceville, Fla., and four-star 2017 athlete Alaric Williams from Southside High in Gadsden.

Jason Caldwell

Auburn commitment Alaric Williams is a talented runner.

Auburn has shown it is not afraid to go the junior college route at positions of need and that could mean making a strong run at offensive tackle Demetri Moore out of Mississippi Delta Community College. Originally from Huffman High in Birmingham, the 6-6 offensive tackle prospect is also looking at Cincinnati, Southern Miss and several other schools.

With offers from several top programs including Notre Dame and Tennessee, three-star safety Ikenna Okeke from Smyrna (Tenn.) High is a talented prospect and with Auburn looking to beef up the back end of the defense he could be a player to watch following a weekend trip. Along those same lines JoeJuan Williams is a physical safety from Hendersonville, Tenn., who is expected back on campus this weekend. He camped at Auburn over the summer and has offers from all over the country.

Other prospects expected in include:

  • 2017 DB Malcolm Askew--McAdory (Ala.) McCalla
  • 2017 QB Jake Bentley--Opelika (Ala.)
  • 2017 Ath Detravion Bishop--Terrell County (Ga.) Dawson
  • 2016 LB Zo Bridges--Opelika (Ala.)
  • 2017 LB Kenney Britt--Oxford (Ala.)
  • 2017 QB Malik Cunningham--Park Crossing (Ala.) Montgomery
  • 2017 LB Breon Dixon--Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) Suwanee
  • 2018 QB James Foster--Sidney Lanier (Ala.) Montgomery
  • 2017 DB A.J. Harris--Bob Jones (Ala.) Madison
  • 2017 LB Will Ignont--Buckhorn (Ala.)
  • 2016 QB Tyler Johnston--Spanish Fort (Ala.)
  • 2016 Ath Jay Jones--McAdory (Ala.) McCalla
  • 2016 K Sage Ledbetter--Auburn (Ala.)
  • 2018 RB Asa Martin--Austin (Ala.) Decatur
  • 2018 DE Justin Mascoll--South Gwinnett (Ga.) Snellville
  • 2019 QB Bo Nix--Scottsboro (Ala.)
  • 2017 DL Aubrey Solomon--Lee County (Ga.) Leesburg
  • 2018 DL Alfred Thomas--Sidney Lanier (Ala.) Montgomery
  • 2018 DB Christian Tutt--Thomson (Ga.) 
  • 2018 RB Ladamian Webb--Beauregard (Ala.)

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