Auburn, Ala.--This weekend is the final visit weekend for prospects before Wednesday’s national signing day, but for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers the hay is pretty much in the barn. Already with nine players on campus and enrolled and only a few spots remaining in the 2016 class, the Tigers have just three official visitors on campus this weekend led by five-star linebacker Ben Davis.
One of the top players in the country, Davis has Alabama, Georgia and Auburn as his top three schools heading into the visit, but has a strong relationship with new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as well as Auburn linebackers Coach Travis Williams. That could be a key for him this weekend as Auburn looks to make a strong final push at the Alabama legacy.
Also expected to visit this weekend is four-star Prince Sammons from Cincinnati. Athletic enough to be rated as a defensive end by Scout, Sammons is being recruited as an offensive tackle by the Tigers and new Coach Herb Hand. With a need at the position and already a bond with Sammons because of a visit to the Plains earlier in his high school career, Auburn is looking to make some noise with the 6-7, 280 athletic tackle.
Rounding out the list of weekend visitors will be three-star safety Daniel Thomas from Robert E. Lee High in Montgomery. Currently on a visit to Minnesota and with offers from Clemson and North Carolina as well, Thomas is looking to get an offer from Auburn while on his visit. If that happens the Tigers could be a player for him on signing day.
Let’s Get It Started
Even though the 2016 class isn’t finished Auburn will get a head start on the 2017 group with several top players expected to visit on Saturday to check out the campus and be on hand for the basketball game against Oklahoma State that night at Auburn Arena. Among the group are four-star early commitments Alaric Williams and Carlito Gonzalez.
A player that could play running back or even wide receiver for the Tigers, Williams is a standout at Southside High in Gadsden. One of the top safety prospects in the country, Gonzalez is a standout at Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Also expected to visit is four-star linebacker Thomas Johnston from Spanish Fort High School. One of the top players for the Toros since he stepped on the field as an eighth grader, Johnston got an offer from the Tigers when Steele came on board and definitely has a strong interest in Auburn. He’ll be joined on the visit by fellow four-star prospect and friend Ryan Johnson. Johnson is a defensive end at rival St. Paul’s.
A player that already had an early offer from Auburn and has since gotten them from Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State and Troy, 6-3, 225 Tadarian Moultry from Jackson-Olin High in Birmingham is already very familiar with the Auburn program and is expected to be back in this weekend for a visit.
One of the top players in the country regardless of position, five-star DeAngelo Gibbs recently transferred to Grayson (Ga.) High and should be a player recruited across the country because of his blend of size and speed. A frequent visitor to Auburn for games the past two seasons, Gibbs is a player that could be an impact guy immediately for someone in 2017.
Rounding out the group are a trio of players from the Peach State, wide receiver Trey Blount from Hillgrove High, offensive lineman Netori Johnson from Cedar Grove, and defensive back A.J. Terrell from Westlake. Already with offers from all over, Blount is a 6-2, 190-pounder with great speed and already a four-star prospect. One of the biggest offensive linemen in the country, the massive Johnson is committed to Alabama, but has made several trips to Auburn in the past year. Having teammate and good friend Antwuan Jackson already on campus should only help the Tigers. Already with offers from Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, South Carolina and others, Terrell is a long defensive back capable of playing either corner or safety on the next level.