The Tigers are expected to entertain a half dozen prospects after picking up three more public verbal comitments earlier in the week.
From Georgia, Cartersville High defensive tackle Andre Fluellen is making his fourth of five official visits planned. He has been to Florida, Maryland and Vanderbilt and has a trip planned to FSU next week. He is from the same high school that sent tailback Ronnie Brown to Auburn.
With quality defensive tackles in short supply across the Southeast, he has become a heavily recruited athlete. A sizable portion of the University of Alabama coaching staff visited Cartersville High on Tuesday trying to convince Fluellen to cancel his Auburn visit this weekend and visit Alabama. That effort failed. Another plus for Fluellen is that he is strong student academically.
Commenting on Auburn, he says, "I like the way they play their defense. They play a four-man front and that's all I really want to play. They are looking at me as either a defensive tackle or defensive end." Florida, where he visited last weekend, looks to be Fluellen's leader.
The group of visitors expected this weekend includes 6-6, 270-pound defensive lineman/offensive lineman Kevin Williams from Sebastian River, Fla., High School, a player his coach, former Miami tight end Randy Bethel, said committed to the University of Miami prior to Christmas. Williams, who has played just two seasons of football, is projected to be able to add a good bit of weight as a collegian. He is considered an all-around athlete with quick feet. He runs a 4.9 40.
Williams, who camped at Miami last summer, has also been recruited by Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina State and other colleges. A three-sport athlete, he averaged a double-double as a junior (13 points and 12 rebounds at center) and on the track team he threw the shot put 43 feet last spring.
Also from the state of Florida, 6-5, 225, 4.65 tight end Jamesley Jean from Jefferson High in Tampa is making an official visit to Auburn after previous trips to LSU in October and Oklahoma in December, he has been to Ohio State and North Carolina State the past two weeks. Jean says that after his trip to Auburn, he will pick from his group of finalists that does not include Oklahoma.
From Tennessee, kicker John Vaughn from Brentwood Academy is making his official visit to see the Tigers this weekend. He is verbally committed to Auburn. He is the all-time leader in field goals made in Tennessee high school history. Auburn also has a commitment from his teammate, punter Kody Bliss.
Another player from the same area, 6-0, 185-pound Andre Davis from Pearl-Cohn High in Nashville, is scheduled to visit. A three-year starter with good speed in the 4.5 range who played quarterback at Pearl-Cohn, he is a prospect who will likely move to the secondary at the college level.
The Tigers are also expected to bring in defensive end Lloyd Blevins, a 6-4, 225-pounder from Wenonah High in Birmingham. He was scheduled to be in early in January, but that visit was pushed back until this weekend.
Auburn has picked up commitments this week from defensive lineman Doug Langenfeld from Reedley, Calif., Junior College, cornerback Patrick Lee from Christopher Columbus High in Miami, Fla., and tight end Kenny Williams from American High in Hiealeah, Fla.