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BIG CAT WEEKEND!!!!!!!

There’s something to be said for thinking outside the box. That’s exactly what Gene Chizik and the new Auburn Tiger coaching staff have done in terms of recruiting. First, it was the Tiger Prowl, where the Auburn coaching staff barnstormed the state of Alabama in a stretch limousine over four days during the early part of the May Evaluation Period.

Big Cat Guest List
Here’s a look at some of the top prospects expected to be at Auburn this weekend.
Player High School
DE Ken Adams Wesson (Miss.) Copiah-Lincoln C.C.
CB Ryan Ayers Douglasville (Ga.) South Paulding
ATH Victor Beasley Adairsville (Ga.) High
OT Shon Coleman Olive Branch (Miss.) High
LB Tyrone Cornileus Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
DE J.C. Copeland LaGrange (Ga.) Troup
LB Jessel Curry Buford (Ga.) High
LB Khairi Fortt Stamford (Conn.) High
WR Antonio Goodwin Atlanta (Ga.) Washington
WR Jake Holland Pelham (Ala.) High
ATH Shaun Kitchens College Park (Ga.) Banneker
RB Marcus Lattimore Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes
OG Eric Mack St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County
CB Jonathan Mincy Decatur (Ga.) Southwest Dekalb
LB LaDarius Owens Bessemer (Ala.) Jess Lanier
WR Trovon Reed Thibodaux (La.) High
WR Jeremy Richardson Springville (Ala.) High
RB Lache Seastrunk Temple (Texas) High
OT James Stone Nashville (Tenn.) Maplewood
LB Nigel Terrell Pelham (Ala.) High
DT Mike Thornton Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
LB Jawara White Troy (Ala.) Henderson

They may have topped that idea with what’s on deck this weekend at Auburn – the inaugural “Big Cat Weekend”. It will be a social weekend on campus that lasts Friday through Sunday. Coming to visit will be many of Auburn’s big-name recruiting targets, including running backs Lache Seastrunk and Marcus Lattimore, wide receivers Trovon Reed and Jeremy Richardson and offensive linemen James Stone and Shon Coleman. In all 23 elite prospects will attend the first “Big Cat Weekend”.There will be no forty times or agility drills. There will be no player evaluations or football competitions. Prospects will just hang out with the coaches and players for two days. They will play video games, have a home run hitting contest, a pie-eating contest and just hang out. In essence, this is a big social gathering for Auburn’s top recruiting targets.

“Some of the guys are coming to Auburn and we are just gonna kick it,” Curtis Luper said, Auburn’s running back coach. “It will be very casual; t-shirts, flip-flops, that kind of thing. We just want to get a feel for each other. It should be a great time for everyone.”

So why the new, fresh ideas for Auburn? Simple. To keep their recruiting momentum going. This is a new staff led by Chizik that closed very well with a short recruiting window with their first class they signed this past February. Auburn’s an SEC program in the football crazed state of Alabama. The Crimson Tide have dominated in-state recruiting the past few seasons. Then you have to factor the conference itself, where recruiting is absolutely brutal with all the high-profile college football powers like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and so on.

This staff hasn’t had a chance to play a down of football yet. That will come soon enough. But in the meantime, they need to keep the momentum going, from the way they closed in February, to the Tiger Prowl and now with the Big Cat Weekend. Regardless of what you think, these fresh ideas are making noise for Auburn recruiting in a positive way.

Will there be any other recruiting strategy surprises for Chizik and company? Certainly. Expect another big idea that’s outside the box in late July by Auburn. The Tiger Prowl, Big Cat Weekend and July’s mystery surprise will all become annual recruiting fixtures for the Auburn Tigers.

Jay-z / Eminem commit to DJ Hero

The upcoming DJ Hero video game just landed two heavy hitters as MCs: Jay-Z and Eminem.

Both rappers are bringing their music to the newest offshoot of Activision‘s successful $2 billion Guitar Hero franchise. The game, played with a turntable-shaped controller, is due out this fall for PlayStation 3, PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii (no price or rating yet).

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Rumor Watch

From what I was told Julio Jones and Mark Ingram went on some boating trip with someone associated with Alabama or maybe Auburn (Julio’s girlfriends dad?) – the trip was all inclusive which is against NCAA regulations. There are supposedly pictures from the fishing trip. They were caught and will be suspended for the first part of this season (6 games).

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anyone else pulling for a kobe / james showdown?

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