Auburn, Ala.--On Saturday the Auburn Tigers will play host to Big Cat Weekend on the Plains and once again another talented group of football prospects is expected to be in attendance.
With need areas at several key positions, the Tigers will have top targets on hand for a time of fun and fellowship with the coaches and their families.
The offensive line is a key area for Auburn in the 2017 class and Herb Hand, AU's new position coach for the offensive front, will have several big names to visit with starting with five-star Calvin Ashley. Already committed to the Tigers, Ashley is one of the top tackle prospects in the country. He’ll be joined by four-star tackles Austin Troxell from Madison Academy and Kendall Randolph from Bob Jones High.
Austin Troxell is a talented offensive tackle prospect.
Another tackle prospect expected to visit is big D'Marcus Hayes from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Originally from Madison, Miss., the 6-5, 330 Hayes has offers from Arkansas, Florida, Louisville and others. A player capable of playing tackle, guard or center, 6-5, 280 Nick Brahms from Navarre, Fla., is also expected to be on campus this weekend as well.
Up front on defense, Coach Rodney Garner will have a group of big-time talent in for Big Cat Weekend also led by junior college standout Isaiah Buggs from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Originally from Louisiana, the 6-5, 260-pounder has a top list of Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
Other defensive linemen expected to visit include big Markaviest Bryant from Crisp County High in Cordele, Ga., Ryan Johnson from St. Paul’s in Mobile, LaBryan Ray from James Clemens High in Madison, Tyrone Truesdell from Laney High in Augusta, Ga., Aubrey Solomon from Lee County High in Leesburg, Ga., and M.J. Webb from Morgan County High in Madison, Ga.
Another position that is a big need for the Tigers is linebacker and several top targets are expected to visit this weekend. Among them are commitment Tadarian Moultry as well as several other in-state standouts including four-stars Markail Benton and Will Ignont and three-stars K.J. Britt and Monty Rice.
They are part of a strong linebacker group in Alabama for the 2017 class with Auburn in good shape with the entire group. A name to keep an eye on this weekend is Rice, a physically-gifted linebacker who has the tools to be premier player on the next level.
Monty Rice is a player that is high on the Tigers heading into his weekend visit.
While Coach Travis Williams has been very busy trying to get more talent in his linebacker room, the same is true of Kodi Burns at the wide receiver position. Bringing in four talented freshmen this year, the Tigers will need more help moving forward and several talented pass catcher are expected to visit this weekend including Jhamon Ausbon from IMG Academy Al'Dontre Davis from Lutcher High in Louisiana, Jeremiah Holloman from NewtonHigh School in Covington, Ga., junior college standout Brandon Martin from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Henry Ruggs from Lee High in Montgomery.
The guy to watch is Martin.
An All-American receiver out of Prime Prep Academy in Houston, Martin signed with LSU, but ended up at MGCCC after failing to qualify. Auburn is in a battle with Florida, Mississippi State and others for the 6-2, 210 Martin and this weekend could be an important one for the Tigers’ chances.
Five players who have the ability to help in different spots on offense are also scheduled to be in this weekend as well. Already committed to Auburn, four-star athlete Alaric Williams could be a tailback for the Tigers, but has the ability to play receiver or even safety on the next level. On campus all week for an extended visit, four-star Malcolm Askew from McAdory High is likely a cornerback in college, but could also play safety and even wide receiver if needed. Auburn is a strong leader for Askew.
Four-star athletes Tray Bishop and Jacoby Stevens as well as four-star tight end Tre McKitty are all versatile enough to play wide receiver with Bishop also a quarterback at Terrell County (Ga.) High. Stevens is a player who is also being recruited as a defensive back by the Tigers while McKitty’s first role is as a tight end, but he has got the speed to be a slot receiver in Auburn’s offense as well.