Ed Christian, a former Florida State commitment from Lowndes High in Valdosta, Ga., is taking an official visit to check out the Tigers. "I am excited about the opportunity to get to know the coaches better," he says, noting that he is seriously interested in Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. He is also looking at Tennessee, Florida, FSU and Tennessee.
Offensive linemen are a high priority for the 2010 Auburn signee class. "Talking to the coaches they have told me that they are really looking for linemen," says Christian, who is having a strong senior season on a team that is expected to make a run at the state AAAAA state title.
Two players who are expected to be among the best of the best for the 2011 in-state signee class are expected in for unofficial visits.
LaMichael Fanning, a six-foot-seven defensive end from Auburn High School, transferred to AHS this summer from Callaway High in LaGrange, Ga., and has been an immediate impact player for the unbeaten Tigers.
Not far up I-85 at Valley High School, junior Enrique Florence is having a big year at safety and as a part-time receiver on offense. He recently had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Eufaula High.
Both Florence and Fanning have early offers from Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and are already being recruited by numerous colleges around the country.
A large group of Auburn verbal commitments are expected to be on campus this weekend for unofficial visits to see if the Tigers can improve their record to 6-1 as Kentucky comes to Jordan Hare Stadium. That group includes highly-regarded linebackers Jessel Curry, Jake Holland, LaDarius Owens and Jawara White.
Cornerback Jonathan Mincy, an Auburn commitment from Southwest DeKalb in Dectaur, Ga., is expected in on an unofficial visit.
Auburn offensive tackle commitment Shun Coleman from Olive Branch, Miss., High is expected to visit this weekend.
Another in-state standout who is committed to Chizik's team, offensive line commitment Chad Slade from Moody, is expected to check out the Tigers as is wide receiver Jeremy Richardson from Springville High, who announced this summer he would play for the Tigers.
A talented in-state linebacker from Mobile, C.J. Mosley from Theodore High, is expected to return for his first unofficial this fall. He camped at Auburn over the summer.
Another linebacker expected to check out the Tigers vs. Wildcats is Tyrone Cornelius, a Miami commitment, from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Also from Stephenson, one of the top defensive line prospects in the Southeast, Michael Thornton, is expected to visit. He is considered a high priority recruit for Auburn.
In addition to junior standouts Fanning and Florence, some other promising class of 2011 prospects are expected on campus for unofficials. Collins Moore, a junior wide receiver and safety from Bob Jones High in Madison, is a player to watch next year.
Wide receiver/defensive back Justin Tyson from Lake Butler, Fla., Union County High is expected to visit.
Alan Posey from Clarke Central High in Athens, Ga., and Spencer Stovall from Richland, Miss., High are junior offensive linemen scheduled to take unofficial visits this weekend.
Junior quarterback C.J. Uzamah from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga., is expected to visit.
Some in-state junior prospects to watch who are expected to check out the Tigers in person include wide receiver/safety Patrick Prewitt from Vestavia Hills, linebacker Jay Prosch from UMS Wright in Mobile and running back Darrin Reeves from Clay Chalkville.