Auburn Makes Big Splash with Big Cat

Tim TrollingerCorrespondent IMay 30, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 20:  The special teams unit of the Auburn Tigers prepare for a kick-off after the offense scored against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. LSU defeated Auburn 26-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Chizik and company have done it again. This time, however, they won't need a limo. Simply dubbed, it's "Big Cat Weekend."

Auburn University will host some of the nation's top recruits this weekend.

"It's the first annual Big Cat Weekend," AU assistant coach Curtis Luper said. "I think that's pretty self explanatory when I tell you the big cats are coming to town."

Seldom, if ever, has AU been the host of so many highly sought-after recruits at one time.

So what's on the agenda, you ask? Certainly 40-yard sprints and game film? Not hardly.

"We'll have a pie eating contest, a watermelon eating contest, cake eating contest. We'll have a lot of video game competitions," Luper said. "We'll split kids up in groups and compete, maybe regionally, and they'll have a good time. A lot of it will be kind of impromptu."

Say what you will about the AU coaching staff, but these guys are turning some heads.

Just look at this partial list of recruits. Marcus Lattimore running back, ranked No. 2 by rivals. So then who's No. 1? Lache Seastrunk, and by the way, he will be on the plains also. Trovon Reed No. 2 ranked receiver, and also four-star WR recruits Jeremy Richardson and Antonio Goodwin.

In all, AU expects around 25 recruits of which 10 are current four-star recruits ranked in ESPN's top 150.

Whether you agree with their tactics or not, AU is making a splash in the recruiting world, and from the looks of things this is only the beginning.