Auburn, Ala.--It will be a busy time on the Auburn campus this weekend. Not only is there a little game called the Iron Bowl to be played on Saturday between the Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, there are also expected to be up to a dozen official visitors in town to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's program.
Three of the visitors expected in are already committed to the Tigers and will be taking a visit to solidify that choice. Running back re-sign Enrique Davis from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, defensive tackle Charles Deas from Milford Prep in New York and defensive back Blair Irvin from Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas are all expected in this weekend and are just the tip of the iceberg of a talented group.
A 6-2, 215 standout back from Hargrave, Davis signed with the Tigers last year out of Mosley High in Lynn Haven, Fla. One of the country's top backs then, Davis is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com coming out of Hargrave and perhaps the nation's top post-graduate running back.
A monster defensive tackle prospect from Milford Prep, the 6-5, 315 Deas was originally a signee of LSU out of Boyd Anderson High in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., but when he didn't make his grades he went the prep school route. With offers from all over the country the second time around including Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and others, Deas chose the Tigers and is expected to take a visit this weekend.
An early Auburn commitment out of junior college, Irvin is a 6-0, 185 defensive back and punt returner for Coffeyville. A player that Auburn Coach Will Muschamp recruited and signed out of high school when he coached at LSU, Irvin is a speedster that got back into the game of football after playing minor league baseball in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization. His father currently coaches at Opelika High just down the road from the Auburn campus. Irvin considered Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, LSU, Florida and others.
Among the expected nine other visitors this weekend is T'Sharvan Bell from Osceola High in Seminole, Fla. Rated as the nation's number 28 safety prospect, Bell is a player that is very capable of playing cornerback and showed that at an Auburn camp over the summer. The 6-1, 175-pounder who has over two dozen offers is also looking at Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina, West Virginia and others.
A player committed to the Georgia Bulldogs, defensive end Toby Jackson from Griffin, Ga. has shown Auburn a lot of interest for the better part of the last six months and is expected to be on the Plains this weekend. A 6-4, 240 defensive end and rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Jackson is also looking at Alabama and visited there for the LSU game.
The first of a trio of players expected in from powerhouse Pahokee (Fla.) High, defensive back Janoris Jenkins is one of the top cornerback prospects in the country and ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout.com. A visitor to Auburn for a summer camp, Jenkins said at that time that Auburn was the team to beat, but committed to the Florida Gators in September. The 5-11, 180 speedster has exceptional talent and a feel for the game, one of the reasons why he's one of the most sought-after prospects in Florida this year.
Joining him will be teammate Jatavious Miller. A 6-0, 185 linebacker prospect, Miller is a speedster that could play any number of positions in college. Ranked as the number 42 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Miller is a playmaker that has a huge amount of upside.
The third Pahokee player expected in is wide receiver Martavious Odoms. One of the fastest players in Florida this year, the 5-8, 170 Odoms has over 20 offers from Auburn, South Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and several others. After catching passes for almost a thousand yards as a junior with 15 touchdowns, Odoms matched his touchdown total in just four games as a senior.
Committed to Florida State, defensive back Terrance Parks from Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga. is also expected to take an official visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl. Just over an hour away from Auburn up I-85, the 6-2, 200 Parks chose the Seminoles way back in July, but has visited the Auburn campus already and had nothing but good things to say about the coaching staff the first time around.
A player that has had the Auburn Tigers at or near the top of his list since early in his recruitment, Walton (Ga.) High defensive end Chase Thomas is expected to take a visit this weekend to see the Tigers. A teammate of current Auburn freshman tight end Bailey Woods at Walton, the 6-5, 210 Thomas is one of the top pass rushers in the South this year. An outstanding student with offers from all over the country including Tennessee, Florida, Georgia Tech and LSU, Thomas has narrowed his choice down to Auburn and Stanford with North Carolina also in the picture.
Auburn is looking for help up front on defense and a player that could provide that is big Andre Wadley from Hernando, Miss. A 6-3, 265-pounder that has enough quickness to play linebacker, Wadley is rated the number 32 defensive end in the country by Scout.com and has offers from all over the South. A visitor to Ole Miss last weekend, Wadley is also looking at Mississippi State, Tennessee, Alabama and several others.
The final visitor expected in for the Iron Bowl weekend is talented wide receiver D.J. Woods from Strongsville, OH. A visitor unofficially during the summer for a camp, the 6-0, 175 speedster actually committed to Nebraska, but has since changed his mind and is looking again at the Tigers along with Penn State, Iowa, West Virginia, and Cincinnati. Before an injury cut his senior year short Woods had put up huge numbers from his receiver position.