Rashan Gary (above) is expected to make the trip from New Jersey to Auburn this weekend.
Auburn, Ala.--The Iron Bowl is at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday and with it comes perhaps the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Coach Gus Malzahn’s Auburn program with a large group of top talent expected to converge on the Plains led by several five-star prospects.
Ranked as the top prospect in the country, five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary has already visited the Auburn campus over the summer and is expected to be back this weekend for his official visit. With defensive tackle a huge need area for the Tigers getting Gary back on campus on a game weekend is a big step for coaches Will Muschamp, Rodney Garner and company.
On the other side of the ball five-star running back Kareem Walker has also made one trip to Auburn over the summer and is scheduled to be back this weekend for the Iron Bowl. With Alabama, Michigan, Ole Miss and others in the hunt for the former Ohio State commitment, Walker is the only running back Auburn is recruiting with current commitment Malik Miller already on board.
A pair of teammates from IMG Academy are also expected in this coming weekend with five-star defensive lineman Shavar Manuel and four-star linebacker/defensive end Rahshaun Smith both heading to the Plains. Ranked just behind Gary as the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, Manuel has had a top three of Auburn, Florida and LSU for quite a while. Having already visited both the Gators and Tigers, this will be Auburn’s chance to showcase the program. A former Clemson commitment, Smith is a physical linebacker that is rated as a defensive end by Scout. One of the top players on Auburn’s board, Smith has a strong relationship with Muschamp and Travaris Robinson on the Auburn staff.
Rahshaun Smith is one of the top linebackers in the country
With help needed on the offensive line one of the expected visitors is an important one. Landon Dickerson is rated as the No. 4 guard in the country, but could easily play tackle on the next level. Already a visitor to Florida State and with potential trips to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia Tech after the season, Dickerson is expected to take his recruiting into January before making a decision with Auburn definitely in the mix.
One of the top athletes in the country, four-star Ahmmon Richards from Wellington, Fla., High is a dynamic player capable of handling a number of different positions for the Tigers. Alabama is considered the leader for Richards at the moment, but he’s also expected to visit Miami and Tennessee as well. Richards was previously committed to the Hurricanes before the firing of Al Golden.
Another versatile athlete expected to visit is Malek Young from Coconut Creek High in Florida. A Georgia commitment, Young plays wide receiver and running back, but could easily play defensive back and return kicks on the next level. A visitor to Ohio State this fall as well, Young is a talented player that plays on one of the most talented teams in Florida this season.
With a large group of prospects being added to the list throughout the week check in at AUTigers.com for the latest on Auburn’s football recruiting.