Holland, Big Group Expected In This Weekend

Linebacker Jake Holland talks about his visit to Auburn this coming weekend along with a large group of prospects.

Auburn, Ala.--Despite being committed to the Auburn Tigers for well over half a year, Pelham linebacker Jake Holland says he couldn't be any more excited about his upcoming official visit to the Plains this weekend. Expected in along with a dozen more commitments and prospects, Holland says he's looking forward to seeing a different side of Auburn this time around.

"I have been looking forward to taking my official visit for a long time now," Holland tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's always fun to go down to Auburn. I know a lot of people down there. It's like a second home to me. I'm looking forward to getting to know the campus itself better and the academic side of Auburn."

It has been a busy last two weeks for Holland as he took part in the Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field the day after Auburn's win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. Practicing all week in Orlando with several future teammates including Michael Dyer, Dakota Mosley, LaDarius Owens and Cody Parkey, Holland says the week is one he'll never forget.

"It was so much fun," Holland says. "It was a new experience for me. I just had a lot of fun meeting a lot of the top prospects in the country. I really got to know what my competition is going to be like in the future."

One of the biggest things for Holland about the upcoming weekend is the chance to help sell Auburn once again. A strong recruiter for the program since his commitment in April, Holland says that chance to talk to fellow recruits and current members of Auburn's team is something he's looking forward to.

"Not only have we met the other commits to Auburn, but we've also met the current players," Holland says. "They have the same feeling we do about the family aspect of Auburn. That's another recruiting tool we use. Not one person just goes and talks to a recruit. We'll all, as commitments, go and talk to them. We just try to sell Auburn the best we can."

Holland is one of a large group of players expected on the Auburn campus with most of them already committed to the Tigers. The three prospects not included in that group are three players are perhaps the most important position remaining in the 2010 recruiting class, defensive tackle.

A four-star prospect and the number 11 defensive tackle in the country, Michael Thornton remains a top target for Auburn after he visited the campus unofficially during the spring. However, it looks like he won't make the trip. Also considering Georgia, Penn State and Miami among others, Thornton would be a good addition to a signee class.

The same is true of fellow four-star defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker. Down to Auburn, California, Georgia, Miami and North Carolina, the 6-3, 310 Whitaker is exactly the type of physical presence inside the Auburn coaches are looking to build a defense around down the road.

Another defensive tackle expected in this weekend is physical Byran Jones from Junction City, Ark. At 6-2, 310, the three-star prospect has already visited Louisiana Tech with a teammate and is scheduled to visit Ole Miss next weekend.

Fresh off his performance at the Army All-American Game in San Antonio, wide receiver Trovon Reed is expected to take his official visit to Auburn this weekend along with fellow wide receiver commitment Jeremy Richardson. Another commitment and Army All-American Game performer, offensive tackle Shon Coleman from Olive Branch, Miss., High is also scheduled to visit this weekend.

The wildcard of the class and of the weekend is D.J. Howard from Lincoln High. A speedster that excels on offense, defense, and in the return game, the 6-0, 190-pounder could play a number of different positions at Auburn.

On the defensive side of the ball there is a big group of commitments expected in with defensive tackle Kenneth Carter from Greenville the lone defensive lineman in the group. Joining Holland as a linebacker commitment expected in is speedy Jawara White from Charles Henderson High in Troy.

In the secondary the cornerback position was a big need for this class and the Tigers came up big with three skilled players for 2010. All of them are expected in this weekend as Birmingham's Chris Davis, Ryan White from Tallahassee, Fla., and Jonathan Mincy from Decatur, Ga., will be among the group of visitors.

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