Recruiting

Big Cat Weekend 2014 Recap

Written by Cole Locascio

Auburn impresses top recruits...

  • DT Trent Thompson, the #1 recruit on 247sports, greatly enjoyed his time on the Plains. While the talented rising high school senior still lists Georgia as his leader, he said that Auburn has been recruiting him and his mother the hardest. Auburn is definitely making the race for the top athlete in the nation a close one as we head into the 2014 football season. 
  • 5-star QB recruit, Torrance Gibson, not only attended Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, but also named the Tigers as his leader over the Vols after his visit. Earlier in the week, the dual-threat quarterback released his top-7 list which placed Auburn/Tennessee tied at the top, but after the event this weekend, that news has changed for the better for Malzahn and his staff.

Blind Commitment...

This weekend saw a huge commitment from the #3 fullback in the country, Chandler Cox out of Apopka (FL) -- a guy that wasn't even able to attend the big event because of his participation in a summer league game in Tampa this weekend. 

Malzahn and the gang reel 'em in...

In what was a fairly dull recruiting weekend around the nation, Coach Gus Malzahn was able to bring in recruits from all around the country this weekend -- two kids drove from Ft. Lauderdale, a Georgia commit made the trip, and even a commit from that "other school" was in attendance as well. 

Rival commits visit...

  • 5-star Georgia ATH commit, Terry Godwin from Callaway High School, attended Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, which was his sixth visit to the Plains dating back to April of last year. Godwin told Auburn Undercover that everyone is now "neck and neck" at this point. He lists Georgia, Auburn, and Alabama as his favorites, and doesn't plan on making a final decision until the very end of his recruitment process.
  • 4-star Alabama DL commit, Jonathan Ledbetter out of Tucker (GA), was another attendee this past weekend. This was Jonathan's second visit to Auburn since committing to the Tide back in January, which shows that Auburn is still very much in the mix as he's still weighing his options. Don't let that commitment fool you, folks -- Auburn has a great shot at landing this kid.