Auburn, Ala.--The Iron Bowl takes place this weekend between Auburn and Alabama and with it comes perhaps the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers with as many as a dozen official visitors plus hundreds of prospects on unofficial visits expected to converge on Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday. Among them are the top defensive tackle and running back in the country as well as key prospects on both sides of the ball.
Here are the list of official visits for this weekend along with several top unofficial visitors for the Tigers:
John Broussard--A longtime Auburn commitment and four-star prospect out of Central High School in Phenix City, Broussard is a talented cover corner with the ability to come in and play early for the Tigers. An early graduate, Broussard has kept in contact with Mississippi State, but looks to be all Auburn as he gets ready to enroll in January.
Nick Coe--A visitor to Auburn over the summer and a top defensive line prospect, Coe is a physical player who has the size and explosion to play very early on the next level. The native of Asheboro, N.C., has the Tigers among his favorites along with North Carolina and Florida State with Auburn possibly the team to beat heading into the weekend.
Kyle Davis--Auburn’s newest commitment and one of the top wide receivers in the country, the 6-3, 217 Davis will be on campus just days after choosing the Tigers over Georgia and Tennessee. An early graduate, Davis will have a chance to play significant minutes very early in 2016.
Landon Dickerson--With help needed on the offensive line one of the expected visitors is an important one for the Tigers. Dickerson is rated as Scout.com's No. 4 offensive 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.
John Franklin--Another recent Auburn commitment, the junior college standout from East Mississippi Community College by way of Florida State should be another early contributor for the Tigers. Planning to enroll in January, the speedster should get a shot at quarterback, but could easily play wide receiver if needed because of his sub 4.4 speed.
Rashan Gary--The nation’s top-rated high school defensive tackle and five-star prospect, Gary is looking all over the SEC with Ole Miss and Alabama two of his other favorites along with Michigan. With immediate playing time available with the Tigers it should be a big weekend for Auburn to make an impression.
Zach McCloud--One of the top linebackers on Auburn’s recruiting board, McCloud recently backed off his commitment to Miami and that puts the Tigers squarely back in the hunt for the Santaluces High product.
Ahmmon Richards--One of the top high school football athletes in the country, the four-star Ahmmon from Wellington, Fla. ,High is a dynamic player capable of playing 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.
Rahshaun Smith--Having already visited both the Gators and Tigers, this will be Auburn’s chance to showcase the program to Smith. A former Clemson commitment, Smith is a physical linebacker who is rated as a defensive end by Scout.com. One of the top players on Auburn’s board, Smith has a strong relationship with Muschamp and Travaris Robinson on the Auburn staff.
Donald Stewart--A teammate of Rashaan Gary at Paramus Catholic in New Jersey, Stewart is a big, physical wide receiver who has Stanford, Boston College, Ole Miss and others on his list. With Auburn already having three commitments at the wide receiver position Stewart is a player to watch for the final spot in this class at his position.
Kareem Walkerr--The five-star running back has 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 a player who could push for playing time right away.
Other Unofficial Visitors Expected:
Robert Adams--2016 WR Trinity Christian (Montgomery)
Jalyn Armour-Davis--2018 DB St. Paul’s (Mobile)
Calvin Ashley--2017 OT and Auburn commitment from Dr. Phillips (Orlando)
Malcolm Askew--2017 DB McAdory (McCalla)
Woody Barrett--2016 QB and Auburn commitment from West Orange (Orlando)
Toryque Bateman--2017 OT Gadsden City
Jake Bentley--2017 QB Opelika
Detravion Bishop--2017 Ath Terrell County (Ga.)
Marlon Character--2016 S and Auburn commitment from Grady High (Atlanta)
Marlon Davidson--2016 DL and Auburn commitment from Greenville High
Ben Davis--2016 LB Gordo
Brodarious Hamm--2016 OL and Auburn commitment from Spalding High (Griffin, Ga.)
KaDarian Hill--2018 DL Eufaula
Will Ignont--2017 LB Buckhorn
Antwuan Jackson--2016 DL Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Marcus “Tank” Jenkins--2018 OT Park Crossing (Mobile)
Ryan Johnson--2017 DL St. Paul’s (Mobile)
Thomas Johnston--2017 LB Spanish Fort
Tyler Johnston--2016 QB Spanish Fort
Tyren Jones--2016 RB Hutchinson CC (Kansas)
JaMarcus King--2016 DB Coffeyville CC (Kansas)
Tre Lamar--2016 LB Roswell, Ga.
Will Lawrence--2018 OT Harding Academy (Memphis)
Richard LeCounte--2017 DB Liberty County (Hinesville, Ga.)
David Marshall--2016 DL and Auburn commitment from Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.)
Malik Miller--2016 RB and Auburn commitment from Madison (Ala.) Academy
Lowell Narcisse--2017 QB and Auburn commitment from Saint James (La.) High
Bo Nix--2019 QB Guntersville
E.J. Price--2017 OT Archer High (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Kendall Randolph--2017 OT Bob Jones (Madison)
Landon Rice--2016 TE and Auburn commitment from Calhoun, Ga.
Cavin Ridley--2016 WR Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High
B.J. Sharpe--2017 Ath Southwest Macon (Ga.) High
Dylan Singleton-2016 S Archer High (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Milkhi Stewart--2017 Ath Bob Jones (Madison)
Elijah Stove--2016 WR and Auburn commitment from Niceville (Fla.) High.
Alfred Thomas--2018 DL Sidney Lanier (Montgomery) High
Tre Threat--2016 LB and Auburn commitment from Spanish Fort
Austin Troxell--2017 OT Madison (Ala.) Academy
Christian Tutt--2018 DB Thomson (Ga.) High
Nigel Warrior--2016 DB Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.)
Jack West--2018 QB Saraland
Alaric Williams--2017 Ath and Auburn commitment from Southside-Gadsden