After a strong start on the field, Auburn is hoping to use that to help bolster what is already a solid class of commitments for 2010.
Two of the most talented defensive tackle prospects in the country are scheduled to be in Auburn on Saturday as Michael Thornton from Stone Mountain (Ga.) and Jeffrey Whitaker from Warner Robins, Ga., High are expected to make their way across the state line to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Both are rated among the best in the country at their position and have the Tigers high on their list of prospective schools.
Thornton has shown a strong interest in Auburn since early in the spring and made a trip to the Plains for the A-Day Game, but this will be his first visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium for a game. He says he's looking forward to seeing the Tigers play after their strong play so far this season.
"I'm going to Auburn this weekend," Thornton says. "I knew they were going to have a decent get-off because they've got a great coach and a great coaching staff. They always had good players, they just had to put them to work down there. I knew everything was going to be good with Auburn. I feel like they are a sleeper team just like my team."
So far Thornton has been a dominant force as Stephenson High is out to a 2-0 start. He has 14 tackles, four tackles for a loss, and two sacks. Friday night his team takes on Ware County before he makes his way to Auburn on Saturday.
Originally planning on making a commitment in October, Thornton says he's now going to wait and see how things play out before making a decision. While he's been busy fielding calls from a variety of colleges, Thornton says it won't rush him to make his choice.
"It's not really hectic because I don't really let it stress me out," he points out. "I get the calls every day or every other day. Right now I'm hearing from Michigan, Penn State, North Carolina State, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and a few other schools."
"I can't make the call because I've only been to one Division I game in my whole life (last week at Georgia)," Thornton adds. "Hopefully, I can get to some other games to be able to compare the Georgia game to."
In addition Thornton and Whitaker, Auburn is expecting players from across the South in to see the Tigers and Mountaineers tangle. Among them are former signee Ken Adams from Enterprise High who is currently at Copiah Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. His teammate, defensive back Dequan Menzie, is also expected to be in to check out things.
Five-star running back Michael Dyer is expected in this weekend for an unofficial visit.
Perhaps the biggest name expected in is talented running back Michael Dyer from Little Rock Christian Academy in Arkansas. Rated as one of the nation's top running backs, Dyer is making the trip along with teammate Dakota Mosley, a talented offensive line prospect in his own right.
A large group of committed players are expected be in to watch Auburn play as verbals Kenneth Carter from Greenville, Jessel Curry from Buford (Ga.), Antonio Goodwin from Washington High in Atlanta, Jake Holland from Pelham, teammates Shaun Kitchens and Demetruce McNeal from Banneker (Ga.), wide receiver Jeremy Richardson from Springville, offensive lineman Chad Slade from Moody and linebacker Jawara White are just some of the players due in this weekend for unofficial visits as well.
A player making a longer trip into Auburn, punter Steven Clark from Kansas City, is taking an official visit this weekend. Clark Visit
Auburn and West Virginia each bring 2-0 records into Saturday's contest. Kickoff is set for 6:45 p.m. CDT and the game will be televised by ESPN2.