Who are some early expected visitors at Auburn for Big Cat Weekend?
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I know it's early but can you give us a preliminary Big Cat visit list?
— Sam (@samau111) May 15, 2018
Sam brings up the question many people have been asking me — on Twitter and off it.
Who will be at Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend?
As he points out, it’s a little early to know for certain. Big Cat Weekend is two Saturdays away, so the list is forming, but it’s neither finalized nor complete. Many prospects who have been invited are weighing that option with a few other potential college visits the same weekend. For instance, 5-star linebacker Nakobe Dean wanted to go to Big Cat Weekend, but he’d already made a prior arrangement to be at Mississippi State.
By the time the 10th-annual Big Cat Weekend list finalizes, it probably will be one of the best lineups yet. Prospects such as Andrew Booth, Tyrique Stevenson and Devin Bush all have told me in the past they want to make it, but since they haven’t set it in stone yet, I’m not placing them on this list.
Here are a few prospects who have confirmed to me in the last few days they plan to be in attendance:
- 4-star running back Noah Cain
- 4-star defensive lineman Jaren Handy
- 4-star linebacker Donte Starks
- 4-star defensive lineman Justin Eboigbe
- 4-star athlete Derrian Brown
- 4-star wide receiver George Pickens
- 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe
- 3-star cornerback Cordale Flott
- 3-star offensive lineman Jakai Clark
- 3-star tight end Tyler Fromm
The last five on that list are commits. Quarterback commit Bo Nix won’t be there because of a conflict with the Elite 11 competition. Jaylin Simpson won’t be there either, but the rest of the 2019 class so far will attend.
Outside of that, the first five on that list are all key prospects — as one would expect from a Big Cat Weekend.
I wrote in detail about Cain in the Monday notebook. It’s the third trip a member of the Cain family will make so far this year.
Handy called the Tigers his leader after his most recent trip. The Tigers might be in the team-to-beat category, but Alabama and Ole Miss are also considered serious threats.
Starks is another out-of-state linebacker who has developed a strong relationship with linebackers coach Travis Williams. Could the Tigers pull off another linebacker surprise similar to Pappoe? Starks might be the most likely candidate, if that were to happen.
Eboigbe and Brown are both prospects from Georgia who have visited this spring and have strong relationships with Auburn coaches.
Reminder: Keep an eye out for a much more thorough list as the big weekend approaches.
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