A wave of recruits will flock to the Plains on Saturday to witness Auburn’s A-Day spring game.
While the scrimmage will serve as a barometer for the Tigers’ progress, it’ll also be the first time a handful of prospective recruits will get to see several new coaches in action.
Offensive line coach Herb Hand, linebackers coach Travis Williams, receivers coach Kodi Burns and defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, all of whom arrived in January, will provide the first glimpse of their coaching styles. While many prospects have met with each of the coaches already, it’ll likely be the first time they watch firsthand how they interact with players during live-game scenarios. Some 15,000 tickets had been sold through Tuesday for the 3 p.m. ET scrimmage.
After finishing the 2015 season under .500, Auburn will want to showcase some long-term promise to recruiting targets in attendance. Despite capping off yet another successful recruiting class under coach Gus Malzahn, one that included five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown, the Tigers still have several holes to fill. Auburn is relatively thin at linebacker, offensive line and in the secondary, areas the coaching staff has prioritized on the recruiting trail.
Come Saturday, Auburn will host four key linebackers, including in-state target Markail Benton, and a handful of defensive backs. The Tigers will hope to better their standing with a few other targets, most notably Chandler Wooten, a three-star linebacker. Wooten recently named Tennessee his leader but is still seriously considering the Tigers.
Several prospects from IMG Academy were planning on attending Saturday’s game, but the trip has been canceled, according to multiple players. Dual-threat quarterback Kellen Mond, tight end Tre’ McKitty, linebacker Will Ignont, center Cesar Ruiz, offensive guard Robert Hainsey and receivers Brian Hightower and Jhamon Ausbo were all set to make the trek to the Plains.
SEC Country has confirmed several other attendees below. We will continue to update the list as more recruits are confirmed.
Markail Benton, four-star inside linebacker, Phenix City, Ala.
Chandler Wooten, three-star outside linebacker, Kennesaw, Ga.
Alaric Williams, four-star athlete, Gadsden, Ala.
Tavyn Jackson, three-star cornerback, Tallahassee, Fla.
Calvin Ashley, five-star offensive tackle, Orlando, Fla. (committed to Auburn)
Tadarrius Patterson, three-star outside linebacker, Birmingham, Ala.
Kadarius Toney, three-star dual-threat quarterback, Mobile, Ala.
Joey Gatewood, four-star dual-threat quarterback, Jacksonville, Fla. (committed to Auburn)
AJ Terrell, four-star cornerback, Atlanta, Ga.
Tray Bishop, four-star athlete, Terrell County, Ga.