Jackson, Others to Visit Auburn's Junior Day

An interesting group of talented high school football juniors are expected to be in Auburn this weekend to check out Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Birmingham, Ala.--If all of the recruits who visited Auburn were as enthusiastic about the Auburn football program as Spain Park lineman Jeremiah Jackson, new Auburn head coach Gene Chizik would have a lot to be happy about as he and his staff recruit their 2010 signee class.

Jackson, a 6-2, 260-pound three technique defensive tackle, is one of the prospects expected to visit the Auburn campus on Saturday for the Tigers' Junior Day.

A junior who already has five scholarship offers, Jackson is certainly interested in the Tigers if they are interested in offering him.

"I have followed Auburn since I was a little kid," Jackson says. "I have bled orange and blue and love the Tigers. I love everything about Auburn football with its great history and players like Cadillac and Ronnie (Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown). My dad told me about Bo (Bo Jackson).

"I love the stadium and the atmosphere at the games," Jackson adds. "I love everything about Auburn."

Three SEC programs have made early offers to the Spain Park High lineman, who made 64 tackles with five sacks as a junior. Those are from Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. He also has offers from Duke out of the ACC and hometown UAB.

Jackson notes that new Auburn assistant Tommy Thigpen is his recruiting coach and says he likes him. "He is a great guy," the defensive tackle says. "I am looking forward to my visit."

Prospects who make the unofficial visits for Auburn's junior day will get a chance to meet Chizik and the rest of his new coaching staff as well as tour the campus and attend Auburn's basketball game vs. LSU.

One of Jackson's teammates at Oak Mountain, tight end Davis Dudchock, is expected to be a junior day visitor. The son of former Auburn defensive lineman Alex Dudchock, he received a very early offer from the Tigers.

Some other in-state prospects expected to make the trip to Auburn include a pair of talented linebackers from Mobile--Barry James from Williamson High and C.J. Moseley from Theodore. Both are expected to be among the top prospects for the 2010 in-state signee class.

Solomon Patton is a fun to watch performer.

Wide receiver Solomon Patton from Murphy High in Mobile has been one of the top players in the state since his sophomore year putting up impressive numbers. He is already into double figures for scholarship offers and is expected to be in Auburn this weekend.

Pelham junior linebacker Jake Holland is also receiving early scholarship offers with the Tigers recently adding to his growing list with an offer in late February. He is scheduled to visit on Saturday and plays a position the Tigers will be focusing on for the 2010 signee class.

Signing linebackers will be a major point of emphasis for the Tigers in 2010 and in-state junior LaDarius Owens is a prospect who Chizik's staff has already offered. The Jess Lanier High star also has SEC offers from LSU and Mississippi State as well as an early offer from Clemson of the ACC.

A player who helped Auburn High to an unbeaten regular season last fall at cornerback is Pee Wee Cobb. The hard-hitting junior is expected to get a chance to meet Chizik and his staff this weekend. He is drawing attention from Florida and other major college programs.

Craig Sanders is at a small school, but is attracting big attention.

Craig Sanders from Ariton High is one of the most exciting in-state prospects in the 2010 class. A two-way standout for the Purple Cats, he is 6-4, 240 and runs a 4.6 40, the type of player who has defensive end coaches trying to convince him to sign with their college.

Another in-state two-way standout is Chase Hughes, a 6-2, 280-pounder who combines brawn and brains. He is a 4.0 student who could be a center on the next level, but was impressive as a junior defensive lineman.

DeMarcus Milliner is a big-play threat.

One of the fastest prospects in the state is scheduled to check out Auburn's junior day. DeMarcus Milliner is an exciting player for Stanhope-Elmore and is considered one of the top prospects in the South for the 2010 class. He is already rated a four-star safety by Scout.com and has offers from Auburn and Alabama and as far away as Stanford. He is also a prospect as a receiver and returner.

Another speedy prospect expected to check out the Tigers is 5-10, 170 Jeremy Nicholson, a wideout/defensive back from W.S. Neal High in East Brewton. He visited Alabama's Junior Day earlier this year and already has Division I offers from Southern Miss, UAB, Memphis and Troy with his sub 4.5 speed.

On the subject of speed, Opelika High running back Corey Grant has been clocked at 10.6 for the 100 meters and is attracting scholarship offers from a variety of colleges. He is expected to make the short trip to AU for junior day.

Nolen Smith from Oneonta earned All-State honors with a terrific junior season in which he caught 102 passes for 1,535 yards and 23 touchdowns. His first offer is from Vandy and he is expected to visit the Tigers this weekend.

Jarrick Williams, a 6-2, 200-pound safety from Blount High in Prichard, is expected to be one of the top players in the state this fall. He has an invitation to Auburn's junior day and says he will try to make the trip if possible although he has a conflict with an all-star seven-on-seven passing camp team workout. He has offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, FSU, LSU and others.

Offensive tackles will be a priority area for Auburn recruiting and there is a big one at Vigor High in Prichard. Quinterrius Eatmon is a 6-5, 305-pounder who is expected to visit for Auburn's junior day.

An even larger offensive tackle expected to check out junior day is Damien Robinson, a 6-8, 330-pounder from Olive Branch, Miss., High, who is from the same high school as 2009 Auburn signee Daren Bates, a safety. Robinson, who is being heavily recruited, has an offer from Auburn, too, and is already rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com.

Although he is not as heavy, another junior, Storm Johnson, is going to be as heavily recruited as Robinson. Johnson is a running back who helped Buford, Ga., High finish unbeaten last year. He has moved to Loganville, Ga., where he will play as a senior for Loganville High.

Michael Dyer

Another highly regarded running back, Michael Dyer, is expected to make the trip to Auburn from North Little Rock, Ark., where he is a four-star rated running back for Little Rock Christian Academy with excellent speed.

The Tigers are expecting a visit this weekend from running back Roy Finch, a 5-7, 180-pounder who earned All-State honors as a junior at Niceville, Fla., High. He has offers from the Tigers, Florida, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others.

A four-star prospect for 2010, tight end Brian Vogler from Brookstone High in Columbus, is attracting loads of attention from colleges, including Auburn, which has already offered. Vogler says he is interested in the Tigers and has an invitation to Auburn's junior day. However, Saturday is also his birthday so he says family plans may override the recruiting visit.

Four star prospect Demarco Cobbs from Central High in Tulsa, Okla., is considered one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country even though he has been playing quarterback in high school. At 6-2, 201 with sub 4.5 speed, he is expected to be one of the most heavily recruited prospects at AU's junior day.


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