In this day and age of hype, Auburn’s “Big Cat Weekend” is marketing genius.
Back in 2009, then coach Gene Chizik started the tradition, and of course Gus Malzahn was the offensive coordinator during the first one and obviously continued the tradition. It is almost like a big family reunion, except the kids aren’t family yet. The staff asks prospective recruits to come to campus all at the same time, to get a feel for the program. The weekend has become legendary among recruits, sort of like getting invited to a postseason all-star game or elite camp. Near the end of May and the beginning of June, it’s the place to be for big-time SEC recruits and 20-plus prospects and their families will partake.
This weekend’s list of visitors is impressive. Five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson will be on campus, as will his high school teammate and fellow five-star prospect Tarvarus McFadden. They both play for American Heritage in Broward County, Florida. Georgia commitment and five-star athlete Terry Godwin is another expected visitor. Godwin is one player to keep an eye on in the future, as Auburn and Alabama are working very hard on him.
Trinity Christian in Jacksonville (Fla.) has 2016 Auburn commitment Jalin Buie, and big-time 2015 target Jeffery Holland. They’ll also be on hand, along with many 2015 commitments like QB Tyler Queen, RB Kerryon Johnson and OL Kaleb Kim–just a few of the four-star commitments expected to be on hand.
“I didn’t go last year but heard that the people that did had tons of fun,” Queen told Saturday Down South today. “I’m expecting it to be a great time to get to know the coaches and get to know the other recruits better.”
Don’t be surprised if one or two of the prospects pulls the trigger and commits, too. That’s traditionally what happens. Auburn already has 14 commitments on board and has the No. 4 ranked class in the nation.