Auburn Football Recruiting Notebook: Official Visits For LSU, A Look At Linebackers

A look at recruiting for the Auburn Tigers and official visitors expected for the LSU game this weekend in this column by Jason Caldwell of Inside the Auburn Tigers and

Big Tyree Owens (above) will be visiting Auburn this weekend

Auburn, Ala.--This weekend on the Plains should be an important one for the Auburn Tigers on the football recruiting front with a trio of official visitors expected in when Gus Malzahn’s team takes on LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

A four-star safety from Grenada, Miss., C.J. Avery is one of the top players at his position in the country and has Auburn among his top group of schools at the moment. Coming off a visit to California last weekend to see the Bears beat Texas, Avery has built a bond with Auburn defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and that could be a big factor in the Tigers’ favor.

Avery is also expected to visit Clemson, Ole Miss and Florida State before making a decision. The home state Rebels are considered the early favorite for Avery.

Massive defensive end Tyree Owens from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Originally from Oviedo, Fla., is expected to visit. The 6-4, 285-pounder signed with West Virginia and started his career with the Mountaineers before transferring to Co-Lin last October.

Getting to know current Auburn defensive end Paul James last year, Owens has the Tigers as one of his favorites along with Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

Looking for help up front, Auburn is bringing in a junior college lineman for a visit in Jordan Agasiva. An offensive tackle at Pima Community College in Arizona where he has attracted more than a dozen scholarship offers, including one from the Tigers, Agasiva is 6-4, 300 pounds and was a high school standout at Mililani High School in Hawaii.

Jordan Agasiva is a juco offensive line prospect.

A player closer to Auburn who will be making an unofficial visit this weekend is four-star linebacker Thomas Johnston from Spanish Fort. While other prospects may get more attention, Johnston is probably the most ready to play of the guys in the state right now. Kevin Steele, Auburn's defensive coordinator, really liked Johnston when he was at LSU and that has continued now that he’s at Auburn. In five games this season Johnston has 60 tackles, five tackles for losses, three pass breakups, a sack and a forced fumble.

Already with two linebacker commitments on the board in Tadarian Moultry from Jackson-Olin in Birmingham and Chandler Wooten from North Cobb (Ga.) High, Auburn is in good shape at the position, but Coach Travis Williams is expected to add four total linebackers in the 2017 class. Buckhorn’s Will Ignont was back on campus last weekend for the Texas A&M game and I think he’s definitely a guy to watch for the Tigers moving forward. His bond with Tim Horton and Williams has Auburn at the top in my mind at the moment.

Another expected unofficial visitor this weekend is JaTarvious Whitlow from Lafayette. One of the top athletes in the state for the 2017 class, Whitlow is off to a huge start as a senior for the Bulldogs. In five games he already had 1,053 yards passing and 16 touchdowns with just one interception while completing 70 percent of his throws. He has also added 862 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on just 55 carries, an average of over 15 yards per carry. Auburn is recruiting Whitlow as a defensive athlete who could play safety.

Also expected in for a visit this weekend is four-star commitment Alaric Williams from Southside-Gadsden. Visiting Nebraska last weekend, Williams is still solidly committed to the Tigers at the moment. Out since week two after suffering a minor knee injury, Williams could be back on the field in the next couple of weeks as he tries to get the Panthers into the playoffs.

One of the players that visited last weekend is definitely a guy to keep an eye on down the road. Big Jacure' Jackson from Minor High plays quarterback, but would likely be a wide receiver on the next level. Last week against undefeated Gardendale the 6-4, 225 Jackson threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns while adding 68 yards and another score on the ground.


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