Speedy Mid-Week Visitor Kicks Off Big Weekend

Four-star running back Corn Elder's mid-week visit to Auburn kicks off a huge recruiting weekend for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.—It will be a race the finish for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers as a speedy mid-week visitor kicks off a huge recruiting weekend as signing day draws closer.

A four-star running back from Ensworth High in Nashville, Cornelius Elder is one of the most dynamic players in the country at any position and will visit Auburn on Wednesday and Thursday. The 5-10, 165-pounder had a monster senior season as he ran for 2,618 yards and scored 39 touchdowns.

Corn Elder

Having already visited Ohio State and UCLA and scheduled to visit Georgia Tech this coming weekend, Elder has also been offered in basketball by Purdue to throw even more drama into his recruiting. Hoping to play both sports on the next level, Elder is expected to announce his decision on signing day.

His visit sets the stage for a huge weekend for the Tigers as several of the top players in the country at their positions will be on campus to check out the program. One of the biggest names is five-star linebacker Reuben Foster. A one-time commitment to both Alabama and Auburn, the 6-1, 240 Foster has already visited Alabama, Washington and Georgia and will make his final trip across town to the Auburn campus this weekend. Foster will announce his decision Monday night at 9 p.m. on FOX Sports South.

Reuben Foster

A fellow five-star prospect, defensive tackle Montravius Adams is expected to visit this weekend as well after checking out Georgia last week. Rated the number three defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, Auburn is in the mix along with Clemson and Georgia with Alabama likely on the outside looking in. After frequently visiting Auburn when the previous staff was in place, Adams knows all about the program and if the coaching staff can make a big impression it could be big for Malzahn and company.

Although he has remained committed to the Auburn Tigers throughout the entire coaching change, Carl Lawson has been a mystery after taking visits to both Tennessee and Clemson in January and remaining relatively quiet about the recruiting process. Building a relationship with Rodney Garner and the new coaching staff has been a big deal for Lawson since they arrived on the Auburn campus. The visit this weekend could prove to be huge for the Tigers.

Carl Lawson

Needing help up front on defense, Auburn has already added junior college defensive tackle Ben Bradley from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and this weekend his teammate Toby Johnson will be on campus for an official visit. Recovering from knee surgery during the season, Johnson's recruiting has remained red hot as the College Park, Ga. native is strongly considering the home state Bulldogs along with Auburn, Mississippi State and Oklahoma. His relationship with Garner as well as having three Hutchinson teammates on Auburn's commitment list may be just the thing to sway Johnson in the Tigers' direction

Elijah Daniel knows plenty about both Auburn and Rodney Garner and this weekend those two worlds will collide for the four-star Ole Miss commitment from Avon, Ind. With family around Auburn and his older brother looking seriously at the Tigers before signing with Georgia, the 6-2, 260 Daniel remains committed to the Rebels but is giving Auburn a look this weekend.

One of the top offensive linemen in Alabama, four-star Austin Golson from Prattville has been a longtime Florida State commitment, but on Monday he backed off that and is now looking at Ole Miss as well as Auburn. With the Rebels thought to be the leader, the lifelong Auburn fan could visit the Plains this weekend and it will be interesting to see if that has any impact on his decision-making process.

The son of Georgia standout and NFL defensive lineman Richard Seymour, offensive line prospect Devondre Seymour from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga. is a terrific athlete on that side of the ball. At 6-5, 310, he has the ability to play inside or outside on the line on the next level. With early offers from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and several others, Seymour is a highly-regarded player but academic questions have made him a signing risk for some programs. He's expected to visit Auburn this weekend and could be an option if the Tigers have room.

Committed to the Florida State Seminoles, linebacker Rodderick Hoskins is a talented linebacker that is teammates with Auburn commitments Tony Stevens and Dominic Walker at Evans High in Orlando. Rated a three-star prospect and the #32 linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Hoskins has also visited Louisville and is expected to travel to Auburn this weekend to check out the Tigers.

As is normally the case there will likely be some changes and additions to the visitor list as the weekend approaches.

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