Perhaps no position will get as much recruiting attention this year for Auburn as the running back spot. With a lack of depth at the position, the Tigers will be looking to shore things up in the 2011 class. One of the players that could go a long way towards doing that is expected to visit this weekend in speedy Mike Blakely from Manatee High in Bradenton, Fla.
Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Blakely is a 5-9, 195-pounder with great speed and quickness into and out of the hole. He finished his junior season with 1,400 yards rushing, 327 yards receiving and 227 yards on punt and kick returns. He had a total of 23 touchdowns.
He's far from the only big name prospect expected to be in Auburn this weekend though as a pair of standouts from Arkansas should be in as well. Talented offensive tackle prospect Brey Cook from Har-Ber High in Springdale and quarterback Kiehl Frazier from nearby Shiloh Christian have been on Auburn's radar for some time and will get a chance to witness Saturday's events as well as spend time with the Auburn coaching staff.
Brey Cook is one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country.
Another quarterback that has gotten a lot of attention and has made several trips to Auburn already this spring is big C.J. Uzomah from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga. With offers from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Miami and others, Uzomah is 6-5, 235 with tons of upside at quarterback.
A weapon on offense expected to be in Auburn is tight end Brandon Fulse from Ft. Meade, Fla. Recruited by programs as both a tight end and defensive end, the 6-5, 245-pounder is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com. He finished his junior season with 20 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, he had 70 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Florida and Georgia have been considered the early favorites with Auburn trying to make a statement this weekend.
Big Brandon Fulse is a dominant player on both sides of the ball.
A pair of current Auburn commitments are also expected in as Cullman's Spencer Region and the most recent verbal Thomas O'Reilly are both scheduled to be in for the A-Day game on Saturday. One of the top center prospects in the country Reese Dismukes from Spanish Fort could also be in this weekend as he's deciding between Auburn and Alabama for his Saturday trip.
A recent visitor to Auburn, North Carolina linebacker prospect Kris Frost is also expected back on the Plains after having what he described as a fantastic trip his last time down. Michigan and North Carolina appear to be the major players for Frost in addition to the Tigers. Another player from outside Alabama expected in this weekend is big lineman Greg Robinson from Thibodaux, La. A teammate of Auburn signee Trovon Reed, he's a 6-5, 290-pound guard with offers from all over the country. The home team LSU Tigers could be the team to beat for the four-star guard, but Auburn is in the mix along with Alabama and USC.
Among the other prospects among the several hundred players expected in this weekend include: Safety Erique Florence from Valley High; defensive lineman Keymiya Harrell from Dallas County High; linebacker Chris Landrum from Sweetwater High; cornerback commitment Izauea Lanier from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss.; cornerback Jonathan Rose from Leeds High; linebacker Anthony Swain from Gadsden City High; defensive end Stephon Tuitt from Monroe, Ga., High running back Kendarius Fritts from Linden High; defensive lineman Corey Redwine from Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga.; defensive lineman Jamichael Payne from Auburn High; cornerback Geno Smith, class of 2012 from St. Pius X in Atlanta; defensive lineman Jamontay Pilson from from Northwestern Mississippi Community College.
A few of the other talented players expected in this weekend are Cordova's Jake Howton, Selma's Eddie Johnson, Valley's Jon-Morgan Poole, linebacker Michael Davis from Demopolis, 2012 offensive lineman Michael Flint from Oxford, offensive lineman Justin Floyd from Cartersville, Ga., linebacker Desmond Harrell from Luverne, offensive tackle James Lewis from Arlington, Tenn., and defensive lineman Ira McCune from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga., and quarterback Brandon Wells from Calera.