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Big Recruiting Weekend for Auburn

By on January 21st, 2013 in Football 5 Comments »

dameyune craig coachAuburn started the weekend with the 16th ranked recruiting class in the country. That will likely change this week. Gus Malzahn promised a staff that could recruit with the best. Yesterday it began paying off.

New assistant Dameyune Craig landed four-star wide receiver Tony Stevens out of Orlando on Sunday. Arriving in Auburn as a Texas A&M commit on Friday, Stevens quickly fell in love with the place and his family was equally impressed.

“I committed to Auburn University,” Stevens said. “On the trip, I brought my family, my cousin and my mom, and they enjoyed themselves. If they’re happy, then I’m happy.

“It felt like home. It’s a family out here. Everybody was happy and happy to see football players around.”

The 6-foot-3, 175 pound Stevens caught 29 passes for 516 yards and seven touchdowns this past year. 247 Sports ranks him the nation’s number 24 wide receiver and 168th overall.

Despite being committed to Florida State and the Aggies, Stevens says his decision is firm and has no plans to visit other schools.

He may be bringing more than himself to Auburn. Coming along for the visit this weekend was teammate and fellow wide receiver Dominic Walker.

The 6-foot-2, 189 pound Walker remains committed to Nebraska, but says there’s a 75 percent chance he and Stevens will play together.

“He (Stevens) was telling me we both should come here and it’d be like high school days, that we could both take over,” Walker said.

Walker is rated a 3-Star recruit by 247 Sports. He’s expected to talk with Nebraska and Auburn coaches during upcoming in-home visits before making a final decision…

Auburn coaches may also be close to flipping Arkansas commitment Khari Harding. The 3-Star safety from Edmond, Oklahoma, was impressed with Auburn’s tradition.

“It was a great visit,” he said. “I came out here and saw what I needed to see. I like the tradition. I like what the coaches were talking about.

“I like that they want to keep those jerseys as a tradition. I like those jerseys. I like the campus. I like the lifestyle. I like how everybody, the people, are around here. It’s just a great feeling.

While Harding remains firm with Arkansas, don’t be surprised to see Auburn assistant Charlie Harbison get his signature on signing day…

Dameyune Craig continues to pursue Notre Dame commitment Tarean Folston. The nation’s ninth-ranked running back according to 247 Sports, spent his weekend visit taking a closer look at Auburn’s offense with Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

“It was a good visit,” Folston told Auburn “I feel like everything went good. The coaches are great people. I got to meet a lot of the players and a huge offensive line. Everything pretty much went well.

“Their offense has been a successful offense over the years. Coach Malzahn is a pretty cool guy and Coach Lashlee is a cool, even-keel guy. Everything about those guys is great. They have a great future ahead of them. I think everything will go well these next few years.”

The Florida native finished his high school career with 4,264 yards on 550 carries and 46 touchdowns. Folston says his decision will likely come on signing day…

There’s still no news on Auburn High School linebacker Reuben Foster. This weekend, he visited Alabama and watched the national championship celebration with other recruits.

Insiders continue to say Auburn is the leader heading toward the finish. Georgia is also in the mix.


  1. Malakai Malakai says:

    Since loosing Wilkins is Artis-Payne the only RB prospect coming to Auburn in 2013? What is the situation on Jovon Robinson? Is that one a lost cause?

    • KoolBell says:

      Auburn is in pursuit of Derrick Green, and may be looking at another JUCO prospect at RB. They would really love to land D. Green, and have been working hard to sway him. Jovon Robinson looks as though he will not be returning to AU. That’s a shame really. Some of the adults in his life screwed him out of an opportunity by cheating, instead of making sure he had an education.

      Oh and last night Khari Harding did flip his commitment to Auburn, and has said “there will be no more visits, my mind is made up. I’m going to Auburn”

      War Eagle!

  2. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    It stinks to lose Wilkins but it may just be that he saw the handwriting on the wall with Artis Payne coming in and we are also hot on the trail of Peyton Barber, Ole Miss commit and Carl Lawsons buddy. Barber commented over the weekend that CGM and staff are hot on him because of his big body, and while he is still committed to Ole Miss, he is flattered by CGM’s pursuit and Auburn is still in the mix for his services.

  3. bornatiger says:

    I am woried about linebackers not woried about higjly rated recruiting class we have talent on curent roster just need some dicaplen . Ben reading blog for years first time I comented new to the tech world