Bluechippers Visiting AU's "Big Cat Weekend"

Auburn is playing host this weekend to some of the nation's top-rated football prospects.

Auburn, Ala.--Pelham linebacker Nigel Terrell has been to Auburn several times in the past few months, but this weekend he'll take another unofficial visit to the Plains along with a group of top prospects from around the country as part of "Big Cat Weekend" on the Auburn campus.

"I'm just ready to get there and hang out and learn more about Auburn," Terrell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It should be a neat weekend."

Nigel Terrell

Not a big name recruit when he began receiving attention from Auburn and several other colleges in February and March, Terrell now has offers from top programs around the Southeast and is gaining momentum with every day. He says it's still hard to fathom how his recruiting has taken off.

"I'm actually surprised," Terrell says. "I never expected it to be this crazy."

Already familiar with Gene Chizik's coaching staff from his previous visits and from talking with them on the phone, Terrell says the weekend should give himself and the other prospects a chance to build an even stronger bond with Auburn's coaches.

"I like them a lot," Terrell says of the Auburn coaches. "They're a good group of guys. I know them pretty well. We have a pretty good relationship."

Terrell is just one of a very talented group of players expected in to Auburn this weekend for unofficial visits. Two of the most interesting names the Tigers will get a visit from are running backs Marcus Lattimore from Byrnes High in South Carolina and Lache Seastrunk from Temple High in Texas. They are rated as the number one and two running backs in the country by and have formed a friendship during the recruiting process. It will be the second trip to Auburn for both.

Seastrunk shows off his explosive ability at a passing camp last summer.

At wide receiver Trovon Reed from Thibadaux, La., Jeremy Richardson from Springville, and Antonio Goodwin from Washington High in Atlanta are all expected in as well.

Trovon Reed

Reed is rated the number two wide receiver prospect in the country. Joining them is Auburn commitment Shaun Kitchens from Banneker High in College Park, Ga., one of the top athletes in the Peach State this year.

Another player expected to take an unofficial visit is former Auburn signee Ken Adams from Enterprise now at Copiah-Lincoln CC in Mississippi.

Eric Mack

Up front Auburn is looking for help on the offensive line and one of the players expected to help is big Shon Coleman from Olive Branch High in Mississippi. Already committed to the Tigers, he's expected to visit along with Eric Mack and James Stone from Nashville, Tenn. Mack is the number two guard prospect in the nation out of Saint Matthews, S.C. while Stone is rated as the 11th best offensive tackle in the country out of Nashville, Tenn.

Defensively, the key position is linebacker with commitment Jake Holland from Pelham High expected in along with teammate Terrell. Also expected in from Alabama are top prospects Jawara White from Charles Henderson High in Troy and LaDarius Owens and from Jess Lanier.

From outside the region big-time linebacker prospect Khairi Fort is expected to visit from Stamford, Connecticut along with Jessel Curry, Tyrone Cornileus, and Victor Beasley from Georgia. Fortt is ranked as a four-star prospect and the number five linebacker in the nation by

Michael Thornton

Up front big Michael Thornton from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., a teammate of Cornileus, is expected to visit as is big Damien Jacobs, a teammate of Reed's at Thibodaux. Another player that is expected to take another look at Auburn this weekend is Tennessee commitment J.C. Copeland from Troup County High in LaGrange, Ga.

Ryan Ayers

In the secondary, talented cornerback prospect Ryan Ayers from South Paulding High in Georgia is expected in for an unofficial visit. He‘s rated the number four corner in the nation by

Jonathan Mincy

Also expected in is talented Jonathan Mincy Southwest Dekalb High in Decatur, Ga. Another visitor expected in is talented defensive back Deion Belue from Deshler High in Tuscumbia. The 6-0, 175-pounder was an All-State performer as a junior and had five defensive touchdowns.

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