To say this may be one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Auburn history would not be hyperbole. One or two 5* prospects makes for a pretty big weekend. Auburn will have at least four here on official visits. That's huge. There's a good possibility at least one more 5* arrives on an official visit, and a a few others will be here on unofficial visits.
Why? Because it means they want to visit here with other big names who are seriously considering the Tigers. It means they want to see if they gel with them because they see themselves playing with them here at Auburn for the next few seasons.
Let's get down to just who we know is coming into town as of this morning. All of this information comes from AL.com, 247Sports (without going into info from their VIP threads, which are even more intriguing at times), and Twitter. The names are subject to change for various reasons, so don't feel like this list is set in stone. Someone might change their mind, miss a flight, etc. There also may be some complete surprises that we won't know about until they show up and it gets reported by the recruiting sites or on Twitter if they're spotted around town. It is also not all-inclusive. I will update it if some big names show up or other targets you may not have heard of.
Byron Cowart, 5* DE. Reportedly down to Auburn, Florida, and Florida State
CeCe Jefferson, 5* DE. His two former primary recruiters at Florida and Alabama are now on Auburn's staff
Terry Godwin, 5* WR/ATH. A Georgia commitment, and not a likely flip, but just getting him in town this weekend is big.
Terry Beckner, Jr, 5* DT. This will be Beckner's very first visit to Auburn. Hopefully he's blown away by the town.
Jauntavius Johnson, 4* DT. An Auburn commit, and likely to stick with the Tigers.
Tim Irvin, 4* DB. A Texas commit, and an early enrollee. Auburn is trying hard to flip him this weekend and could do it.
Kendrick Norton, 4* DT. A long shot, probably, but still good to get him in town.
Torrance Gibson, 4* QB/ATH. Gibson is an Ohio State commit. It's possible he could flip, but doubtful. He wants a shot at quarterback, and he would get it (similar to Jason Smith), but likely ends up a stud wide receiver for someone.
Ryan Davis, 4* WR. I really don't know much about Davis, to be honest. I assume this is another target in case we miss on Burt.
And here's where it gets interesting and fun.
Martez Ivey, 5* OT. Ivey is coming into town on an unofficial visit. That he's coming at all before making his decision (he was originally going to name his school at the US Army All-American Bowl) and before Gus Malzahn has his in-home visit is big. Ivey's best friend is Auburn early enrollee Chandler Cox.
Jeffrey Holland, 4* LB. Holland recently named Auburn his leader, and the Tigers are trending heavily. The fight was between Florida and Auburn before Will Muschamp left the Gators, but now that he is at Auburn, it gives the Tigers a big advantage. He is also (per Twitter) traveling to Auburn for this visit with a good friend... 5* DE CeCe Jefferson. Hopefully Holland fills Jefferson's head with good things about the town on the way up and back.
Kerryon Johnson, 4* RB/ATH. An Auburn commit, I have seen on Twitter that Johnson intends to be in town for this weekend.
Nate Craig-Myers, 2016 5* WR. Craig-Myers committed to Auburn a few months back, though he has said that he's open to looking around. It's going to be very hard for the Tigers to hold on to him. He's considered one of the top prospects in the nation for the 2016 class, and Florida State is definitely working him hard.
Possibility to Visit:
Trent Thompson, 5* DT. A Georgia commit, and not likely to flip, but if he's going to be in town for this weekend, that's something.
The Recruiting Class
If all of that doesn't get you psyched, then I don't know what will. There are still two more official visit weekends after this one, so other prospects may be in town for those that can't make it for this one. Auburn plans on taking 27-28 players in this cycle. The Tigers currently have 20 commitments, of which 7 have already signed and enrolled in classes for the spring semester. That means Auburn has spots available for these big names if they're ready to pull the trigger.
I don't know that we'll get a commitment out of anyone through this big weekend, though. So don't go feeling like it was an utter failure if no one commits. With names this big, they're probably going to wait until signing day and weigh every one of their options before announcing their decision. These are all players who will likely play on Sundays, and they want to make sure they choose the best school that puts them in a position to get there.
War Eagle, everyone.