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Taking A Look At Auburn's Football Recruiting With A Focus On Offensive Tackle

Auburn's offensive tackle recruiting is a focus for the Tigers heading into the final two weekends of official visits.

I Am The Warrior

Auburn Tigers is still in the mix for one of the top defensive back prospects in the country and he will be on campus starting Thursday for his official visit with the Tigers. Five-star defensive back Nigel Warrior from Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) High is ranked as the No. 2 safety in the country and the 20th-ranked player overall by Scout.com.

The son of former Tennessee and NFL great Dale Carter, Warrior (above photo) has the Vols high on his list along with several other schools. He'll take a visit to Auburn on Thursday and Friday before heading to Alabama to finish off his weekend.

Auburn sent five coaches to visit him earlier this week and that obviously made an impact on Warrior with him visiting right away. The key for the Tigers could be the addition of defensive backs coach Wesley (Crimedog) McGriff. Known as a great recruiter and with NFL coaching experience, he could be a big factor for Warrior down the stretch.

Tackle Talk

Auburn’s offensive line recruiting is coming to a close heading into signing day and with just one player in the class so far (Brodarious Hamm) the need is a big one for the Tigers. A player who had been high on Auburn for several months, four-star Willie Allen is not expected to take an official visit to Auburn.

The Tigers will get a visit from another four-star offensive tackle this weekend however when big E.J. Price from Archer High in Lawrenceville, Ga., travels to the Plains to check out the Tigers. With Georgia thought to be the leader for Price and others such as LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee and USC also in the mix, Price is a hot commodity with just two weeks left until signing day.

Auburn could have an ace in the hole for Price with wide receiver Kyle Davis already on campus. With Davis on board and the two having a good relationship, the Tigers could make a big move this weekend with Price having the chance to sit down with new offensive line coach Herb Hand for an extended visit.

Next weekend Auburn will get a look from another talented offensive tackle, this one built much differently than Price. Long and lean, athletic at 6-6, 265, Prince Sammons from Cincinnati already had a strong interest in the Tigers after visiting over the summer. He also had a previous relationship with Hand while he was at his previous job with Penn State. Being recruited both as a defensive player and on offense, Sammons is open to playing tackle and with a need for a tackle that could be just the ticket for the Tigers. He’s expected to visit Michigan State this coming weekend.

On Auburn’s campus last weekend for an official visit, Lucas Niang remains a player who could be in the Tigers’ plans late in the process. Also with TCU and Miami in the mix, Niang is definitely someone to keep an eye on as signing day nears.

Rated as the No. 4 guard on the country, Landon Dickerson South Caldwell, N.C., visited Auburn during the season and was impressive as a guard in the Under Armour game. While he may not be a classic tackle, Dickerson has the skills to play the position on the next level and with a mean streak that could come early. He’s got a lot of schools still in the mix with Auburn one of a group of contenders.

As I wrote about on Wednesday, Breontae Matthews is yet another possibility for the Tigers and we should know whether or not he’ll visit no later than this weekend.


Last Visit For Nixon

A speedster who helped his team to a state title game appearance after catching 18 touchdown passes as a senior, Tre Nixon confirmed to Inside The Auburn Tigers on Wednesday that he plans to be back on the Auburn campus next weekend and he's a player that would be a great late get for the Tigers. Getting a visit from Gus Malzahn and company this week at his home in South Florida, Nixon had a great trip to the Plains in August and because of his bond with Auburn commitment Marquis McClain the Tigers could be a team to watch.

Tigers Keeping The Stove Warm

Some very good news for Auburn’s wide receiver class is that longtime four-star commitment Elijah Stove won’t be visiting Florida this weekend ,according to father, Langston Stove. The Gators made a strong push at the athletic receiver, but he’s very happy with the Tigers and Auburn is in great shape to finish things off with a signature on Feb. 3. There is a possibility he could take a final visit to Miami next weekend, but barring something unexpected Stove looks to be all Auburn.

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