In addition to the official visitors, Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers are expected to play host to a large group of prospects who are taking unofficial visits.
The official visitor list includes three uncommitted high school seniors and three uncommitted junior college sophomores.
Corey Lemonier, a camp star at Auburn, is a 6-4, 225-pounder at Hialeah High School where he has earned a reputation as one of the top defensive end prospects in the nation. He is ranked as a five-star recruit by Scout.com and his performance at an Auburn summer camp showed why he is so highly-regarded.
Lemonier dominated one-on-one drills with his quickness and aggressiveness. Scout lists him as the No. 4 defensive end in the 2010 signee class. Lemonier notes that he liked his summer visit enough to Auburn enough to return to check out a game on the AU campus.
Another highly rated prospect planning an official visit this week is C.J. Mosley from Theodore High School, who narrowed his choices earlier this year to Auburn and Alabama. Also a camp standout at Auburn, he is a linebacker who earned a reputation for having the ability to cover the field sideline-to-sideline. Mosley says he likes Auburn's coaching staff and is seriously interested in the Tigers.
C.J. Mosley is shown at the Scout.com Southeast Camp.
Dakota Mosley is making the trip to Auburn for an official visit with his teammate from Little Rock Christian Academy in Arkansas, running back Michael Dyer. Mosley, a 6-5, 255-pound tight end, is also a standout on defense in high school, but projects as either a tight end or offensive lineman at the collegiate level. He has been to Auburn multiple times in the last year on unofficial visits as has Dyer, a five-star ranked running back who is committed to the Tigers. Dyer is ranked as the No. 3 running back prospect in America.
"I love the coaching staff," Mosley says about Auburn. "I've had a great relationship with Coach (Gus) Malzahn and I have built relationships with Coach (Curtis) Luper and Coach Trooper (Taylor). They've all been great."
Auburn's first commitment for the 2010 signee class, field goal kicker Cody Parkey from Jupiter, Fla., returns to campus for an official visit. "I feel great about my decision to go to Auburn," he says. He originally committed to the Tigers before the coaching staff change, but says he feels very comfortable with Chizik's staff.
The Tigers are looking for immediate help on the offensive line. A prospect who may be able to give that to them is big Roszell Gayden from College of the Sequoias in California. He originally committed to the University of Minnesota as a high school junior, but academics forced a juco start.
"I have never been to Auburn and I am looking forward to the visit," Gayden says. A player scheduled to graduate this spring, he notes that Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes wants him to transfer to Auburn this summer where Grimes says that he will have a shot to win the right tackle spot where 2009 senior Andrew McCain has started all season.
Gayden says that Auburn is in his top three along with Cal and Oklahoma.
Another California juco standout scheduled to visit is Eric Russell from Cerritos Community College. Also projected to be a spring graduate, he is a speedster with a history of making big plays and lots of tackles going back to high school. Russell notes that he is also talking to coaches at Arizona, Washington and BYU.
The speedy defensive back and kick returner notes that the Tigers entered the recruiting picture only recently when Auburn cornerback coach Phillip Lolley traveled to the West Coast to watch him play after getting a recommendation on the DB from coaches at a rival junior college.
Auburn has room for several junior college prospects who will be graduating in time to enroll in January. A prospect who could do that is scheduled in for an official visit. Brandon Mosley, a two-way standout for Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, is being recruited by Auburn to play either tight end or offensive tackle. He also played on the defensive line for Coffeyville.
The 6-6, 275-pounder from Jefferson, Ga., notes he has been focused on his season which ended last Saturday with a bowl victory for the Red Ravens. "I am just turning my attention to recruiting now," he says, noting that he is also considering Ole Miss, FSU, Arizona State and Kansas State. He is scheduled to visit Ole Miss next week and will check out FSU after that. "I want take all of my visits," Mosley says.
Michael Harris, a juco defensive back from El Camino Community College in California, was originally planning to visit, but won't be making the trip.
The group of unofficial visitors includes a pair of quarterbacks who are expected to be among the most heavily recruited players in the country for the 2011 signee class--Stephen Rivers from Athens High School and Jeff Driskel from Orlando, Fla.
Driskel, who has already taken an unofficial visit to Auburn, is also considered one of the top baseball prospects in Florida and is interested in playing both sports in college. He met with Auburn's baseball coaches when he visited earlier this fall. Rivers is the younger brother of NFL star Phillip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers.
Another bluechip junior expected in for an unofficial visit is hard-hitting safety Enrique Florence from Valley High School. He already has offers from colleges around the country.
Florence is also an outstanding wide receiver and returner. He also played some quarterback as a junior.
Enrique Florence leads the Valley Rams.
For the 2010 class defensive line is a high priority and one of Auburn's prime targets is expected to check out the Auburn-Alabama game. Jeffrey Whitaker, who notes that he likes Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, is making a return trip to the AU campus. He plays for Warner Robins, Ga., High.
A high priority offensive line recruit is also expected to check out the Tigers. James Stone, from Maplewood High in Nashville, is one of the top prospects in Tennessee for the 2010 signee class and he is expected to be in Auburn on Friday. He received a very early scholarship offer from the Tigers.
In-state offensive line prospect Tristan Hardin from Erwin High in Birmingham, is expected to visit. He looked good at an Auburn summer camp, but has not received an offer from the Tigers.
DeMarkus Underwood, an offensive lineman from Northeast Mississippi Junior College, is expected to check out the game. He doesn't have an offer yet from the Tigers.
One of the top junior offensive line prospects in Georgia for 2011, Watts Dantzler from Dalton High School, is expected in for an unofficial visit after checking out the Georgia Bulldogs last weekend. Dantzler, whose dad played for UGA, was a standout at the Scout.com Combine in Atlanta last spring and at an Auburn summer camp.
With 21 verbal commitments, Auburn is well on its way to filling its 2010 class although two of those players will be early high school graduates and can count back on the 2009 total. Linebacker Jessel Curry is scheduled to enroll at Auburn in January after graduating from Buford, Ga., High next month. Defensive end Craig Sanders of Ariton High is also expected to enroll at Auburn in January. Curry is the son of former NFL?star Buddy Curry.
Linebacker Jake Holland had an impressive senior season at Pelham High School.
Other verbal commitments expected to check out the game this week include wide receiver Jeremy Richardson from Springville High, linebacker Jake Holland from Pelham, linebacker LaDarius Owens from Jess Lanier, offensive lineman Chad Slade from Moody, offensive lineman Ed Christian from Lowdnes High in Valdosta, Ga., defensive end Justin Delaine from Linden High, defensive lineman Kenneth Carter from Greenville High, offensive tackle Shon Coleman from Olive Branch, Miss., High and teammates Demetruce McNeal and Shaun Kitchens from Banneker High in College Park, Ga.