Can Gus Malzahn, Auburn Sway Superstar American Heritage HS Trio During Visit?

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMay 29, 2014

CB Tarvarus McFadden is heading to Auburn with his teammates.
CB Tarvarus McFadden is heading to Auburn with his teammates.Credit: 247Sports

Auburn has an excellent opportunity this weekend to make strides with three top playmakers from one of Florida's reigning state champions. The Tigers are set to host American Heritage High School standouts Torrance Gibson, Tarvarus McFadden and Dredrick Snelson, who shared the upcoming visit on Twitter:

All three recruits played pivotal roles during a journey to the state title last fall and remain uncommitted. Auburn currently holds 14 pledges in a 2015 class that rates third nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings.

Snelson, a 4-star prospect, is a member of the 2016 class. He emerged as a quality member of the receiving rotation as a sophomore and should step into a much larger role following the departure of Georgia signee Isaiah McKenzie, who led the team in receptions as a senior.

The 6'1", 190-pound pass-catcher attended Auburn's spring game but remains in search of an offer from head coach Gus Malzahn. Snelson's list of collegiate options already includes USC, Miami, Wisconsin and Clemson.

McFadden and Gibson are both rising seniors who have the Tigers on their list of favorites. This latest campus visit could leave a lasting impression on the decision-making process as national signing day approaches.

Gibson, rated No. 1 nationally among athletes in 247Sports' composite rankings, is widely viewed as a dual-threat quarterback. His high-profile recruitment reached another level earlier this month when he released an ordered collection of 15 top teams.

Auburn landed at No. 2 on the list, sandwiched between SEC rivals Tennessee (No. 1) and LSU (No. 3). The 5-star playmaker is expected to narrow his recruitment down to seven schools at some point Thursday.

With a visit on the horizon, it would seem safe to assume the 6'4", 200-pound prospect plans to keep Auburn in the picture. Gibson gained more than 2,800 total yards in 2013, accounting for 29 offensive touchdowns along the way.

McFadden, a 5-star cornerback, is also apparently joining the party at Auburn this weekend. Rated No. 5 nationally among players at the position in 247Sports' composite rankings, he remains one of the most coveted 2015 defenders on the market.

The 6'3", 198-pound speedster recorded 31 tackles and disrupted 10 passes despite seeing limited targets throughout his junior season, per MaxPreps. McFadden listed Auburn at No. 6 among his top nine programs last weekend.

Florida State currently leads the race for his services, with LSU and Georgia right behind, respectively.

Auburn isn't necessarily a front-runner to land any of these American Heritage stars, but their interest is apparent. The Tigers have a chance to build on that foundation this weekend, while attempting to address to recruiting classes.


Recruit information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.