Big Cat Weekend made big impression on Auburn targets, Tigers now No. 1 for 5-star QB


Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend was a huge hit with potential Tigers’ commitments … and for those already on board.

The Tigers hosted a good-sized contingent of blue-chip prospects over the weekend, and the response was a good one. First of all, five-star QB target Torrance Gibson loved his trip to the Plains, and declared after the visit that Auburn was now alone atop his list of favorites. Just last week he had released a Top 7 that had Auburn and Tennessee tied for No. 1, with LSU at No. 3.

It was the first time he has indicated that Auburn is sole possession of the No. 1 spot on his list. Tennessee had been his clear No. 1 for much of the spring.

“Yeah, they are now,” Gibson told Saturday Down South, when asked if Auburn was ahead. “And Tennessee moves to 1B. I was just looking to see the coaches again and catch up on things. For once we didn’t talk about football. We just hung out and had fun and it was awesome. They had like an eating contest and a singing contest and it was all pretty funny.”

The eating and singing contests were a big hit with several of the recruits and their families, as they expressed it on social media. Also, the groundskeepers at the school actually painted the trail of Chris Davis’ “Kick Six” touchdown against Alabama, so people could walk the exact path. Then afterwards, players and family members could put their faces in a cardboard cutout of Davis’ iconic play and get a photo of it. That was something that impressed Auburn four-star commitment Kerryon Johnson, who Tweeted a picture of the cutout.

“It’s definitely a one of a kind thing,” Auburn QB commit Tyler Queen told SDS. “All the guys had fun and we got to know each other even better. It was awesome.”

Creativity has become a part of the Big Cat Weekend, an unofficial visit for the prospects where they get to know the campus, coaches and each other better–and of course as long as they are on campus, they can interact with the coaching staff as much as they want per NCAA rules. It’s a brilliant strategy that has paid dividends. Auburn did pick up a commitment over the weekend from one of the nation’s top fullbacks, Florida native Chandler Cox. Funny thing is, Cox told Saturday Down South he couldn’t even make the weekend because of his spring game.

“I enjoyed it,” Auburn OL commit Kaleb Kim told SDS. “It was different from any recruiting visit that I’ve been to. It was more laid back and it gave me a chance to get to know the other recruits and coaches.”

All in all, the weekend probably built up Auburn’s chances to land even more studs.

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