Kai-Leon Herbert (Photo by Corey Bender)

Wednesday Auburn Football Recruiting Notebook

Notes on a trio of expected weekend visitors for the Auburn Tigers. Also news on a pair of five-star prospects.

Kai Leonard-Hebert (above) is one of the top line prospects in the state of Florida.

Trio Of Weekend Visitors

The dead period ends this week and the Auburn Tigers will have three official football visitors in this weekend, two in-state standouts and one of the top offensive linemen in the country.

A physical offensive lineman committed to Michigan, four-star Under Armour All-American Kai-Leon Herbert out of American Heritage in Plantation, Fla., is definitely looking around and Auburn is one of the schools on his radar.

“I like Coach Herb (Hand) and he is a really great coach from what I’ve seen," said Herbert. "He just tells me that they need linemen so that’s the reason I’m taking the trip. I could definitely see myself going there. The campus and people of Auburn are really great. It is something to look at."

At nearly 6-5 and 290 pounds, Hebert has the skill-set to play tackle or guard on the next level and that makes him an intriguing prospect. With Miami and Florida getting his final two visits it may be tough to keep him away from the in-state schools in the end, but getting him on campus is a step in the right direction for the Tigers.

Already with Nick Brahms on campus and commitments from Calvin Ashley and Austin Troxell, Auburn is looking to add at least one more offensive linemen in this class and Hebert is in the mix.

Also visiting is four-star linebacker Thomas Johnston, the all-time leading tackler in Alabama high school history. Being recruited by the Tigers as a linebacker and also as a fullback, Johnston has already visited Arkansas and Iowa and has a visit to Ole Miss set following his trip to Auburn. Johnston was the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game last month in Montgomery.

Rounding out the weekend visitor list is recent Auburn commitment Alec Jackson out of Jeff Davis in Montgomery. A physical defensive lineman who picked the Tigers over Florida, Ole Miss, USC and others, the 6-4, 255 Jackson is an important piece of the class for Coach Rodney Garner as he looks to rebuild the front four.

Calvin Ashley

Calvin Ashley is a long-time AU commitment.

News And Notes

The biggest news of the week is the announcement from the five-star Ashley (above) that he’s done with recruiting and focused on the Tigers.

“No more visits,” Ashley tweeted on Tuesday night. “No more entertaining other schools. Time to get ready for Auburn. #WDE”

That’s a big deal for the Tigers because Ashley is a building block for future offensive lines for Coach Herb Hand. Athletic and physical, putting Ashley in the mix along with guys such as Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. and Prince Sammons gives Auburn a trio of prototypical offensive tackle prospects to work with.

Five-star safety Devon Hunter has announced his final group of schools and Auburn is in the mix along with Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. One of the top prospects in the country, Hunter has made several trips to the Plains and most recently was on campus for a beatdown of Arkansas in October.

“It was just special to me,” he said of the visit. “I have always wanted to go to a game and check out how the Tigers were playing. They played great, especially in a big game like that against a great team. They played fundamentally sound and they did what they had to do.”

A player who is expected to visit later in January, massive juco offensive lineman Matthew Tanner from Arizona Western, is someone who could become a name to watch later in the process. Without an offer from Auburn at the moment, the 6-7, 345-pounder has offers from Mississippi State, UAB and others but the Tigers could get in the mix late.

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