This weekend is expected to wrap up class of 2017 football official visits for the Auburn Tigers and there is a talented expected visitor, four-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant, who is likely to get plenty of attention from the coaching staff. “Big Cat” is a prospect many assumed would end up at Georgia, but his visit to LSU over the weekend has things very much up in the air for him.
With Auburn the last team to get a shot at wowing him, Coach Rodney Garner will have a chance to talked to Bryant about early playing time and the opportunity to step in as a pass rusher right away for the Tigers.
Another visitor will be recently offered tight end John Samuel Shenker from Colquitt County, Ga., High. A physical tight end who has very good hands, Shenker made an impact for the Packers in just one season after transferring in to play high-level high school football as a senior. Western Kentucky and Wake Forest are two of his offers, but if Auburn makes a push for a commitment this weekend you have got to think the Tigers are the team to beat a kid who grew up coming to games at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
One of the guys who could visit this weekend is Louisville tight end commitment Kemari Averett from Grady High in Atlanta. At 6-6, 205, Averett is rated as the top tight end in the Peach State and is known for production catching the football. As a senior he put up huge numbers with 58 receptions for 796 yards and 11 touchdowns. He visited Louisville last weekend and at the time reaffirmed his commitment to the Cardinals, but if he takes the visit to Auburn then it could get interesting.
Auburn visited big junior college offensive lineman Matthew Tanner on Tuesday with Herb Hand and new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey stopping in to meet with the three-star prospect. A player who is still waiting on an offer from the Tigers, the 6-7, 345 Tanner is another potential visitor for this coming weekend, but that has yet to be determined.
Lindsey was busy on the road, also making the trip to Tampa with Gus Malzahn and Tim Horton to meet with four-star running back Devan Barrett. Barrett called it a "great" visit, which is good news for the Tigers. Unless something changes drastically in the next week expect him to sign with Auburn on Feb. 1.
Another expected visitor this weekend for an unofficial visit is deep snapper Bill Taylor out of American Christian in Tuscaloosa. A 6-4, 235-pounder, Taylor is ranked as the No. 2 snapper in the country for the 2017 class. Expected to pay his own way in school until December of 2017 and go on scholarship for the 2018 class, Taylor has a chance to keep the position a solid one for Auburn for years to come.
Markaviest "Big Cat" Bryant (above) is known as a strong pass rusher.
2018 Offers Rolling Out
Auburn has been busy on the recruiting front with Lindsey coming on staff, offering talented offensive players all over the South in the last few days.
One of those is big athlete Gerry Bohanon out of Early, Ark. Throwing for 2,734 yards and 27 touchdowns while adding 1,134 yards on the ground and 14 more scores last season, Bohanon is being recruited as an athlete by the Tigers early in the process.
Already with a commitment from four-star 2018 quarterback Joey Gatewood in the class, this latest offer could make things very interesting with Bohanon calling Auburn his “dream school.”
A couple of offers worth watching as well were made in the Lone Star State with the Tigers offering four-star wide receiver Miles Battle out of Cypress Creek High in Houston and fellow four-star receiver Brennan Eagles out of Taylor High, also in Houston.
There is a good chance Auburn may wind up signing just one receiver in the 2017 class in Noah Igbinoghene, but with a huge head start on 2018 with guys like Battle, Eagles, Justyn Ross from Central-Phenix City, Jacob Copelandfrom Pensacola, Seth Williams from Paul Bryant High in Cottondale, Terrace Marshall from Bossier City, La., Kearis Jackson from Peach County (Ga.) High and others on the radar, Kodi Burns could be in for a stellar class next year.
Hand has been busy as well, sending out an offer to young offensive tackle Myles Hinton out of Greater Atlanta Christian School. Just a freshman, the 6-5, 280-pounder has offers from Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee and others in addition to Auburn. He’s the son of former NFL standout Chris Hinton.