Talented Group Of Visitors Expected For AU

A large and talented group of official visitors is expected on the Plains this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn coach Gene Chizik and his staff have worked tirelessly since being hired to try to finish the 2009 recruiting class as strong as possible. Making some inroads and garnering commitments from several top players at key positions, the Tigers hope to finish things out on a high note this weekend with over a dozen official visitors expected on the Auburn campus.

Headlining the prospect visit list are a pair of offensive skill players in Rueben Randle from Bastrop, La., along with running back David Oku from Oklahoma City. Both are among the top players in the country at their positions and would be huge gets for the Auburn Tigers. The biggest question is will Randle make the visit. Considered a lean to either LSU or Alabama, Randle's trip to Auburn was still very much in question on Friday afternoon. On Friday night a family member told Scout.com that the wide receiver was still at home and was not planning to visit AU.

Another position of need is up front on the offensive line and a player expected to take a visit that could really help at offensive tackle is big Aubrey Phillips from Olive Branch High in Mississippi. On Thursday his teammate and fellow visitor Daren Bates committed to the Tigers after receiving offers from Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas State.

Phillips isn't the only big lineman expected in though as Tallahassee's Corey Gaines is down to Auburn and Ole Miss and will visit the Plains this weekend. The 6-0, 275-pounder has played on both sides of the ball in high school and could get a look on either side in college, but is expected to get his first chance on defense.

An offensive lineman all the way, North Carolina commitment Johnnie Farms is also expected to take an official visit to Auburn over the weekend. A prospect that has very off and on interest in the Tigers, it will be interesting to see what happens with Farms between now and signing day on Wednesday. He's a four-star prospect and rated the number 11 guard in the country by Scout.com.

Johnnie Farms is expected to trip to Auburn this weekend.

Speaking of big linemen, former Auburn signee Nick Fairley is scheduled to visit this weekend after failing to meet the deadline for enrollment this semester. Because of that the junior college defensive lineman still must sign with the Tigers on Wednesday and will take an official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Bates isn't the only commitment visiting for the weekend as Alabama's Mr. Football Clint Moseley will trip to Auburn after committing to the Tigers earlier this month. A dominant player for Leroy High School, Moseley won three state titles in football and is going for his third straight championship in baseball this spring.

Looking for immediate help at the cornerback position, Auburn is scheduled to bring in a pair of junior college prospects this weekend on official visits. Speedy Taikwon Paige from Aiken, S.C. by way of Georgia Military College was a commitment to Minnesota early in the year, but will take a visit to Auburn this weekend looking to grab an offer from the Tigers.

Another junior college player looking to get an offer is speedy Michael Eargle from Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania. Playing quarterback the last year and a half of his junior college career, the 6-0, 180-pounder completed 44-109 passes for 655 yards and eight touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 2008. He also ran for 482 yards and nine touchdowns on 103 carries. Twice Eargle was named the conference special teams player of the week for his contributions as both a punt and kickoff return man. He's expected to play cornerback on the next level.

Linebacker is another position where the Tigers could use some immediate help. This weekend Auburn is expected to host speedy Greg King from Melrose High in Memphis. Also looking at Tennessee and Texas Tech, the 6-3, 202-pounder is visiting Auburn to see how the Tigers stack up to his other two favorites.

In addition to those players the Tigers are also expected to bring in a possible walk-on candidate in deep snapper Charlie Knipper from Whitefish Bay High School in Wisconsin. The 6-4, 205-pounder also played offensive line in high school.


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