A prospect who should stand out in the crowd is big Aaron Brown, a 6-6, 292-pound offensive tackle from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will be in for an official along with Benjamin Tate, a 5-10 1/2, 207-pound tailback prospect from Snow Hill High School, in Maryland, who committed to Auburn in July.
Brown's head coach, Brian Dodds, says whatever college his talented tackle decides to attend will be getting quite an athlete. "Aaron is one of those guys who leads by example," Dodds says. "He has got tremendous size and ability. He is really just a baby to be honest. He is only about 290 right now, but he is probably going to play at about 320 by the time he gets to college and has a couple of years there."
Dodds also notes that even though his team ran a spread offense last year, which he notes his team will be moving away from this season, the big tackle has a natural ability for both run blocking and pass blocking. "He does well, pretty much, at everything," Dodds notes.
"I think that is why a lot of people are interested in him," the coach adds. "His feet are very good for his size and he has a great arm span also so he can run block or pass block, and do it very well."
Along with being a strong player on the field, his coach adds that he really enjoys the big man's demeanor off the gridiron. "He is a very quiet young man, always ‘yes sir,' smiling all the time," Dodds says. "He is not the kind of guy that is going to get in your face and talk to you. He is not that kind of player. He is strictly all business and he is just a great young man."
Starting with his trip to the Plains over the weekend, Brown will start a busy schedule of Friday night football and Saturday official visits to colleges so he can try and make a final decision on his college destination sometime in October. The big lineman wants to make his decision early since he is graduating in December and is expected to be able to join his college team of choice for spring practice.
His visit schedule after AU will be at Ohio State on Sept. 10th, Louisville Sept. 17th, Virginia Tech Sept. 24th and Miami on Oct. 1st. His father also adds that he may also try and take an unofficial visit to Purdue at sometime as well.
Along with the two official visitors this weekend, the Auburn coaching staff is also expecting talented prospects from across the South to be in town to check out the game on unofficial visits.
Even though the list of players who would have likely come in for the game has been cut by the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and south Alabama, there should not be a shortage of high school talent on the Plains for the contest.
Some of the prospects expected to attend include Auburn QB commitment Neil Caudle from Spain Park High, DB verbal commitment Zaccheus Etheridge from Charles Henderson in Troy, WR prospect Tim Hawthorne from Homewood High, OL prospect David Ross from Homewood High, DL prospect Eric Norwood from North Cobb High, Ga., WR prospect Carlton Salters from North Florida Christian High in Tallahassee, DE Raven Gray from Enterprise, LB prospect LaBronski Hutchins from Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City and Auburn DL commitment Bart Eddins from Trinity Presbyterian High.
Among the other players who may make the trip to the Plains for the game include a trio of players from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga.--LB Marcus Ball, DE Perry Riley and and DE Jermaine Cunningham. Another defensive end who may make the trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium is Deantwan Whitehead from West End High in Birmingham.