There’s was plenty of exciting news to report from Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend including several elite prospects that moved the Tigers to the top of their lists.
Adams has visited Auburn 3 times this year.
"Oh, yes," Adams said. "I know they (Auburn) will, and Clemson is going to be in it, too."
A 4-star running back left with Auburn is his top three.
Ryan Green from Catholic in St. Petersburg, Fla., who is rated the nation’s No. 8 running back by 247Sports, named Auburn, Florida State and Clemson as his top three schools after his first visit to Auburn.
“Auburn is definitely in the top three. I can tell you that,” Green said. “After this weekend, I saw what they had to offer and had a good time.”
Another top Auburn target, 4-star athlete Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen in Mobile, Ala., wasn’t ready to name any official leaders but said committing to the Tigers did cross his mind Saturday and he’s feeling very comfortable at Auburn.
“I feel at home,” Smith said. “A home environment, that’s what I want to have. Plus the offense and stuff like that. That’s what I’m looking for in all these colleges.”
Lawson is the nation's No. 1 WDE.
“They are definitely in my top, especially after (Saturday),” Johnson said. “They gave me a lot more information. They are at the top.”
It was a huge weekend for Auburn defensive end commit Carl Lawson from Milton in Alpharetta, Ga. He had a great time at Big Cat Saturday along with eight of his family members and then moved up to 5-star prospect on Monday.
Lawson expects more 5-stars to join him in Auburn’s class.
“I promise you some more 5-stars are coming to Auburn. I know that for a fact,” Lawson said. “Our class is just going to jump.”
“It was a wonderful experience,” Melton said. “I’m in love with Auburn, really. It was wonderful. It’s a family. I love it.”
One Big Cat commit
Just like the previous two years, Auburn ended Big Cat Weekend with one commitment. This year, it comes from 3-star tight end Arshad Jackson from Lovejoy in Hampton, Ga., who chose the Tigers over a number of SEC and ACC offers.
Jackson is Auburn's 10th commit.
Lovejoy coach Al Hughes described Jackson as a big athlete and said his best days are ahead of him now that he’s concentrating on football.
247Sports national recruiting analyst Rusty Mansell, who first saw Jackson at an MVP camp last year, is also high on Auburn’s 10th commitment for the 2013 class.
“Great size and already college ready with his legit 6-foot-6 frame,” Mansell said. “I had him at MVP Camp earlier this year and he caught everything thrown at him. I like him coming from Lovejoy because he is going to know how to work hard on and off the field. Coach Hughes does a great job with his kids there.
“I think Jackson has good upside and I think he blocks better than people give him credit for. I want to see him get a little faster to help create separation on the next level. You are going to be able to flex him out against teams, but he will also be able to stay in on 3rd and short because he can block the edge. Look for him to be a big weapon in the red-zone area because of his height and ability to get up over defenders.”
Closing on first 2014 commit
Four-star defensive lineman Dee Liner became Auburn’s first 2013 commit on June 11 of last year. Auburn may pick up its first 2014 commit about the same time this year.
Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton from Carver in Montgomery, Ala., picked up an offer from Auburn during Big Cat, his sixth, and is close to making a decision.
“I was really thinking about committing but I’ll probably hold it off for a few more weeks just to make sure,” Hamilton said. “But at the end of the day, I think Auburn is going to probably be my school.”
Hamilton grew up an Auburn fan.
Auburn is also the team to beat for a talented ’14 safety, who considered committing to the Tigers during Big Cat. Ronnie Clark from Calera (Ala.) High wants to hold off on that decision until he visits some more schools, however.
“I’ve got the feeling like this can be my next home,” Clark said. “It’s a great place. I like being here and I like being around the people here. All the coaches are real cool, good, easy to talk to, outgoing, easygoing.”
“It means a lot. A big SEC school offering me,” Watson said. “I’ve been waiting for one of those schools to offer me and they’re the first one.”
List of Big Cat visitors
Here is a list of the known visitors for Big Cat Weekend...