Auburn, Ala.--Auburn’s A-Day spring football game is one of the busiest days of the year in terms of recruiting and this year is no different with many of the top prospects on the Tigers’ board expected to be at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday led by five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley.
One of the most important players for the Tigers because of the need at the position, Ashley is still very much solidly committed to Auburn after a recent visit and getting him back on campus is huge for Coach Gus Malzahn’s program.
A talented two-way player for McAdory High, speedy Malcolm Askew is expected to be back on the Auburn campus for the first time since naming the Tigers his leader several weeks back. Being recruited to play defensive back by Auburn, Askew is a player who has the potential to be another big cornerback for the Tigers down the road.
One of the top linebacker prospects in the country, four-star Markail Benton has been a frequent visitor to Auburn over the last year and is expected back on campus this weekend along with big-time 2018 wide receiver teammate Justyn Ross. With the Tigers at the top of his list, Benton’s bond with AU linebacker coach Travis Williams could be one of the keys for Auburn in the race to sign him.
Markail Benton is from Central High in Phenix City.
Perhaps the top all-around athlete in the 2017 class, four-star Tray Bishop has camped at Auburn each of the last two years and has the Tigers at the top of his list along with Florida State and Georgia. With the skills to play quarterback, wide receiver or safety on the next level, Bishop is in high demand.
A quarterback who looks like a great fit for Auburn’s wide open offense, 2018 commitment Joey Gatewood is expected to be on hand for Saturday’s game. Already a four-star prospect who has a strong bond with Rhett Lashlee and the coaching staff, Gatewood is a 6-3, 205-pounder out of Bartram Trail High in Jacksonville, Fla.
A standout at the recent Nike Regional in Atlanta, Auburn four-star defensive back commitment Carlito Gonzalez was one of the best players in the field regardless of position. Solidly a Tiger, he’s capable of playing cornerback but will probably be a safety on the next level at Auburn.
He’ll be joined by fellow Auburn commitment and four-star athlete Alaric Williams from Southside High in Gadsden.
Blowing up in recent weeks with offers from both Auburn and Alabama, Alec Jackson is a 6-5, 270-pound defensive lineman from Jeff Davis High in Montgomery. Growing up a fan of the Tigers, Hale has also added offers from Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina.
An in-state linebacker getting interest from around the country, Carver-Birmingham standout Tadarrius Patterson has made several trips to Auburn and will be back again on Saturday. He’s one of several in-state linebackers giving a strong look at the Tigers.
Teammates with Auburn signee Derrick Brown at Lanier High in Buford, Ga., big linebacker Tyler Taylor has made a name for himself on the recruiting front already. A four-star with offers from all over the country, the 6-2, 226 Taylor is expected to be on campus Saturday along with Brown.
One of the top defensive back prospects in Georgia, lengthy A.J. Terrell has been on the Auburn campus twice this spring and will be back again on Saturday to take another look at the Tigers. Rated as a four-star safety by Scout.com, Terrell is a player who could be given a shot at cornerback on the next level.
Making the visit from outside the region is Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic four-star tackle C.J. Thorpe. A player offered very early by Auburn OL Coach Herb Hand when he was at Penn State, Thorpe has visited Georgia and Alabama this week and will be on hand for Saturday’s A-Day game. He will be joined by one of Auburn’s top targets at tackle, four-star Austin Troxell from Madison Academy. With the Tigers and Crimson Tide at the top of his list, every trip to Auburn for Troxell is good news for the Tigers.
A three-star athlete and standout quarterback at Blount High, 6-0, 180 Kadarius Toney is a dynamic player for the Leopards that will be one of the best players in Alabama next season. Still waiting on an Auburn offer, Toney has offers already from Georgia Tech, Illinois, South Carolina, Wake Forest and others.
Another linebacker high on Auburn’s list expected to visit Saturday is big Chandler Wooten from North Cobb High in Kennesaw, Ga. The Tigers have been the leader for Wooten since a visit several weeks back, but Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and others have continued to make him a priority in recruiting this spring.