Ben Davis (above) is Scout.com's No. 1 rated linebacker prospect.
Looking Ahead To The Final Weekend
The biggest name expected to visit this weekend is also one of the biggest names left on Auburn’s recruiting board, five-star linebacker Ben Davis from Gordo High School. Visiting Alabama last weekend and putting them ahead of Georgia with Auburn third, the Crimson Tide legacy is a player who most still consider a heavy lean to wind up in Tuscaloosa, but the Tigers have a shot after having another good visit with him on Tuesday night at his home.
One of the biggest reasons why is his relationship with this Auburn coaching staff. Most people thought when Will Muschamp left it would hurt the Tigers’ chances, but in reality it may help because Kevin Steele has been recruiting Davis for the better part of two years. Something else that could be even more important is moving Travis Williams into a full-time role as Auburn’s LB Coach heading into the 2016 season.
A two-time All-SEC selection for the Tigers and a very smart football player, Williams has carried those traits over to his coaching along with the energy that comes from being new to the job. Those are things that helped him form a bond with Davis throughout the last two years while Williams was an analyst on the staff and now that he’s on the field as a coach and with just one experienced player returning in Tre Williams, the fresh start at linebacker for the Tigers could be an intriguing thought for Davis.
The Fresh Prince
At 6-8, 275, Prince Sammons from Cincinnati is a player who most thought was strictly a defensive end heading into his senior year of high school, but after filling out he’s shown skills that have many teams looking at him more on the offensive side of the ball now. One of those is the Auburn Tigers. With new offensive line coach Herb Hand looking for an offensive tackle in this class, Sammons is a player who could wind up being a classic left tackle down the line if he continues to develop.
While he’s not a guy you plug in and play right away, Sammons has the length and quickness to become a really good player down the line. That makes his upcoming Auburn visit this weekend one to keep an eye on.
Another Transfer In The Works?
With that need at offensive tackle it’s not a surprise that Auburn is considering bringing in a graduate transfer to help at the position in 2016. A player that could fit the bill is 6-6, 298 Tyler Catalina from Rhode Island. A two-year starter for the Rams at left tackle after starting his redshirt freshman season on the right side, Catalina signed a financial aid agreement with Iowa State in December, but with several schools contacting him in January it has made him rethink his options. The big tackle is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend and could visit Auburn sometime in the coming weeks.
Getting An Early Start On 2017
Even though this year’s signing day is still a week away the Auburn coaches were busy handing out offers to 2017 prospects with a trio of four-star guys getting the news from the Tigers on Tuesday. Already with highly-regarded Calvin Ashley on board for next year’s class the Tigers are in need of another tackle and 6-7, 301 Walker Little from Bellaire, Tex., is a guy Hand is looking at to bookend with Ashley.
Auburn also went into Nashville and handed out offers to big-time running back Ty Chandler from Montgomery Bell Academy as well as wide receiver Camron Johnson from Brentwood Academy. Expected to try to sign two difference makers at running back in the 2017 class, Auburn should be very busy on that front in the next year.