May 30, 2014
By Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. - Big Cat Weekend, Auburn's early summer recruiting extravaganza, is at hand. Dozens of highly regarded prospects are expected to hit town Saturday morning.
Big Cat Weekend originated in 2009, Gene Chizik's first season as head coach, and has continued. It is more about fellowship than football, more about fun than high-pressure recruiting.
That, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn says, is what makes it special.
"It's not your normal recruiting," Malzahn said Friday after accepting the Amos Alonzo Stagg coaching award. "It's more getting to know each other. It's more hanging out. They bring their families and coaches bring their families. They can see our coaching staff as normal people, fathers and everything like that."
If the sixth Big Cat Weekend is like the first five, it will produce commitments to sign with the Tigers.
"It's been very successful," said Malzahn, who was at Auburn as offensive coordinator for three Big Cat Weekends. "Our coaches are very excited, and I think a lot of the recruits that are coming are, too."
According to the 247Sports Composite, which includes all major services, Auburn is ranked No. 4 nationally. The Tigers have 14 commitments.
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: