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'A chance to bond': Ninth annual Big Cat Weekend
Auburn's ninth annual Big Cat Weekend welcomes elite high school football players to the Plains.
June 2, 2017

By Jeff Shearer

AUBURN, Ala. - Like Tiger Walk and the eagle flight, Big Cat Weekend is a tradition that is uniquely Auburn.

“It’s one of those unique weekends that we’ve been doing here at Auburn since 2009, and it’s been the most important recruiting weekend every year,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “I think 70 to 80 percent of our current players went through Big Cat.”

Many of the country’s top high school players are arriving Friday afternoon and early Saturday for Auburn’s ninth annual Big Cat Weekend, which focuses more on building relationships than touring facilities.

Big Cat also allows prospective student-athletes an opportunity to connect with other elite players who are competitors now but could be potential teammates on the Plains.

“This is a weekend that we have a lot of our top recruits,” said Malzahn, who was Auburn’s offensive coordinator when Big Cat began. “It gives them a chance to bond not only with our coaches and our families, but each other in a very unique setting.”

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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