This weekend, the Tigers will be host to several dozen of the top high school football prospects in the nation with an encore performance of The Big Cat Weekend after having their second Tiger Prowl in April.
Prospects from across the state and other parts of the country will be taking unofficial visits starting on Friday evening through Sunday on the Auburn campus. On Saturday there will be a variety of games and other competitions plus other events for them to build relationships with the Auburn coaches.
"We are excited about The Big Cat Weekend," says Curtis Luper, Auburn's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
"It has been a long time coming," Luper says. "There has been a lot of anticipation of The Big Cat Weekend since a lot of the players knew about it from last year and have been hearing about it. We are ready to do it again."
Luper says the coaches will do many of the same things as last year, but will incorporate new ideas, too. "We have guys here on our team who were at Big Cat last year so they gave us some very important feedback so we listened.
"We tweaked it a little bit from what we did last year, but again this year it is the biggest in college football offseason--again."
Eric Mack was a Big Cat visitor last year and an Auburn signee this year.
One of the visitors to the first Big Cat Weekend who signed with the Tigers, Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Eric Mack, says he built relationships with other prospects who attended the event that helped push him to Auburn after originally committing to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
"It felt great to be around so many great prospects," Mack says. "The weekend was about getting us together. It's showing us how it would be if we get to play together."