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An Early Look At A Big Football Recruiting Weekend For The Auburn Tigers

We take a look at just a few of the top prospects that are expected to visit for Auburn-Clemson this weekend.

Jarrett Stidham talks with Rhett Lashlee (above) while visiting an Auburn practice in August

Auburn, Ala.--This weekend is the big kickoff to the college football season and one of the biggest games takes place in Jordan-Hare Stadium between the Auburn Tigers and No. 2 Clemson.

Because of that some of the top prospects in the country are expected to visit for the contest, including one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

Transferring from Baylor following the firing of Art Briles, former five-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham has already made one visit to Auburn during the preseason to check out Gus Malzahn’s program. This weekend he will be back to take in a game for the first time, a big step for Auburn in its hopes to land the transfer quarterback following the season.

Taking classes at a junior college and not playing football this fall, Stidham played in 10 games last fall for the Bears and showed he has the skills to be a big-time player. Completing 75-109 passes for 1,265 yards, Stidham threw for 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions.

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Russ Yeast is a class of 2017 prospect.

A pair of players from the state of Indiana are expected to take official visits this weekend, four-star athlete Russ Yeast and three-star tight end Kurt Rafdal. An early commitment to Kentucky where his father Craig was a standout wide receiver, the younger Yeast has made a name for himself as a defensive back with Auburn, Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville and Ole Miss all in the picture.

Making a visit to Auburn over the summer Rafdal also has several schools in his list including Indiana and Nebraska. At 6-7, 225, Rafdal is a talented receiver for a big bodied tight end.

Isaiah Buggs is one of Auburn's junior college targets.

There is no question that the defensive line is always a priority and several huge prospects for Coach Rodney Garner are expected to be in this weekend including four-star junior college standout Isaiah Buggs, four-star in-state talents LaBryan Ray and Ryan Johnson, and possibly five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas from South Carolina.

At linebacker several top targets for the Tigers are expected to be in town including K.J. Britt from Oxford, Ray's teammate Monty Rice from James Clemens, and four-star Will Ignont from Buckhorn.

A player to keep an eye on is defensive back Shawn Shamburger from Colquitt County High in Georgia. Transferring to play for the Packers late this summer from Theodore High near Mobile, Shamburger impressed the Auburn coaches at a camp and later earned an offer from the Tigers. Another big player who could play corner at 6-0, 190, Shamburger grew up wanting to play for Auburn and that makes him someone to pay close attention to in the coming weeks and months.

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