Talented Prospects Expected to Visit Auburn

Auburn's first major junior day for the class of 2014 is expected to attract a large number of highly-regarded players.

Auburn, Ala.--The linebacker position is going to be one of the areas of focus for the Auburn Tigers in the 2014 football recruiting class as Coach Ellis Johnson is looking for playmakers at the position.

Several of the top junior linebacker prospects in the region are expected to be in Auburn on Saturday as the Tigers have a junior day that is expected to attract a large number of players.

Rated the nation's top junior middle linebacker, Tre Williams from St. Paul's in Mobile has been a frequent visitor to Auburn games the last two seasons and will be making his first visit to campus since the new coaching staff came on board. Williams has enough speed to also play safety and receiver for the Saints.

Tre Williams has been a standout the past two seasons for St. Paul's, a Class 5A power.

He will be joined by talented offensive line teammate Josh Casher, a player who has received offers from Florida and Florida State in the last week.

Another prospect from St. Paul's, linebacker Zavier Carmichael, is also expected to attend. He is a verbal commitment to Duke.

Playing at Auburn High School, speedy Rashaan Evans is rated the number six outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com for the 2014 class and has offers from all over the country. Making two different visits to the AU campus since Christmas, Evans is expected to be back this weekend along with a pair of teammates--athletic wide receiver Blaise Taylor and defensive back Antreal Allen.

Another top linebacker no far from Auburn is the physical Shaun Hamilton from Carver High in Montgomery. Rated the number 16 middle linebacker in the country, Hamilton already has two dozen offers with Auburn and Clemson considered two of the early favorites.

Hamilton is expected to be joined by teammate Draequon Murphy, a talented two-way standout who was an early commitment to Coach Gus Malzahn when the AU head coach was at Arkansas State.

The Tigers are going to be looking for help at running back in the next class. Scout.com's No. 1 ranked tailback, Leonard Fournette, is expected to make the trip to the Plains from St. Augustine High in New Orleans.

Leonard Fournette

Scout's Chad Simmons has this to say about the 6-2, 227 prospect. "There is not much Fournette does not do at a very high level. He is a running back with a great blend of power and speed. He can run with force, but he can also make a defender miss in the open field. He does a great job of setting up defenders, he hits the hole quickly, and he is very good at getting those yards after contact."

Another talented running back prospect expected to visit is Oxford High's Racean Thomas, who is rated as the No. 5 prospect at his position for the 2014 class by Scout.com. A prospect who has been putting up impressive numbers the past two seasons, the 5-11, 194-pound back runs with power and is elusive.

Racean "Roc" Thomas

Already with dozens of offers, Cedartown standout running back Nick Chubb is expected to take his first trip to Auburn this weekend to check out the Tigers. As a junior Chubb ran for 2,717 yards and 39 touchdowns on 312 carries.

Another running back expected to visit is Kamryn Pettaway from Prattville High, a player who had a breakout performance last fall. A recent verbal commitment to FSU, he is expected to be one of the top players in the state this year.

Another in-state-running back being recruited by the Tigers is Deven Sullivan from Muscle Shoals and he is expected to visit the Tigers this weekend.

One of the top athletes in-state for the 2014 class is Ronnie Clark of Calera, who is also an outstanding basketball player. Clark, who is 6-3, 210, is being recruited by the Tigers as a safety. Clark has made several unofficial visits to Auburn previously and is rated as the No. 5 safety prospect in the country by Scout.com.

Ronnie Clark is shown as a junior.

Demarcus Bingham, a 6-3, 210 wide receiver from Foley High, is expected to make a return trip to Auburn where he has visited to see the Tigers play a game.

A Georgia school with multiple prospects is Norcross High. Already a visitor to Auburn, physical linebacker Kevin Mouhon is expected to be back on campus this weekend to visit with his godbrother and Auburn signee Ben Bradley. Also expected to visit with Mouhon is one of the nation's top junior defensive ends, Lorenzo Carter, and speedy running back Myles Autry.

Georgia high school standout Nick Ruffin from St. Pius X in Atlanta is attracting the attention of plenty of colleges. The cornerback is expected to visit the Tigers this weekend.

One of the top athletes among the Georgia prospects, Ricktez "Tez" Parks from Callaway High in LaGrange, is the younger brother of Auburn tight end Ricky Parks. Ricktez can play numerous positions--including quarterback.

Tez Parks

Following a run to the 6A state title game that ended with a loss to Hoover, Opelika has prospects who are expected be on the Auburn campus for Saturday's junior day. Talented H-Back Jakell Mitchell has offers from Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and several others while defensive back Stephen Roberts has offers from both Auburn and Alabama. Also expected to visit are big wide receiver Marquise Fulton and linebacker Marquise Wright from the Opelika High team.

Getting an early offer from Auburn, Florence standout quarterback Kendrick Doss is expected to visit the Tigers this weekend. He will be joined by teammates Quade Alexander (safety) and offensive lineman Cole Hardin.

Adding an offer from childhood favorite Alabama this week, big offensive lineman Jordan Sims from Homewood already had offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, UCLA, Vanderbilt and several others. He's expected to add an offer from Auburn this weekend when he makes a junior day visit to the Plains.

Among the other prospects expected in this weekend are Vigor defensive end Justin Thornton, McAdory running back Garian Bradley and defensive lineman Cory Thomas, Foley wide receiver Alontai Adams, Albertville lineman Tyler Jones, Demopolis defensive back Demetrius Kemp, wide receiver Emanuel Beal from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga., defensive end/linebacker Blake Bean from Oenonta High; offensive lineman Justin Brown from Lovejoy High in Hampton, Ga., and wide receiver Landy Capettillo from Carver in Montgomery.

Other visitors expected include offensive lineman Jake Edwards from Heard County, Ga., High, wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Johnson from Oneonta, wide receiver Skyler Monaghan from Millard West High in Omaha, Neb., offensive lineman Terronne Prescod from Columbia High in Decatur, Ga., quarterback Shawn Stankavage from Cardinal Gibbons High in Raleigh, N.C., tight end Jack Stansell from Dothan High, defensive end Justin Thornton from Vigor, tight end Hunter Wood from Spanish Fort and running back Sedrick Palmer from Henry County High in McDonough, Ga.

Also expected to visit are tight end end Cole Cook from Carrollton, Ga., High, wide receivers Landy Capettillo and Charles Stanberry from Carver of Montgomery, wide receiver Darian Dennis from Norcross, Ga., High, cornerback Alfred Dickens from Olive Branch, Miss., High, quarterback Cole Garvin from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga., safety Nick Glass from Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee, Ga., linebacker Kalil Gray from Hughes High in Fairburn, Ga., cornerback Wesley Green from King High in Lithonia, Ga., quarterback Ty Joe from Watertown, Tenn., High and athlete Chris Johnson from Escambia County High in Atmore.

More prospects expected to visit include defensive tackle Tyler Jones from Albertville High, fullback Jacob Kraut from Fletcher High in Neptune Beach, Fla., running back Marcus Leflore from Olive Branch, Miss., High, cornerback Bryce Lewis from Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., cornerback Tyler Lindsey from Owasso, Okla., High, safety Kolby Looney from Oakwood Christian in Anderson, S.C., safety Jatevin Madison from Fayette County High, offensive lineman Andrew Marshall from West Forysth High in Cumming, Ga., defensive end Chris Matthews from Olive Branch, Miss., High, cornerback Char Merine from Valwood High in Hahira, Ga., offensive lineman/defensive lineman Tyler Meriweather from Demopolis High, linebacker Korie Rogers from Buford, Ga., High, running back Deric Sanders from West Jones High in Laurel, Miss., quarterback Luke Ward from Riverside High in Decaturvillle, Tenn., and DeAndre Wills from Clay County Central in Ashville.

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