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February 1, 2013
Weekend visits: Malzahn the closer?
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The final weekend of official visits before National Signing Day doesn't figure to produce major hauls.
Most programs have used one of the past two weekends to bring the majority of the commitments onto campus and the other to recruit the remaining standouts.
Auburn is among the exceptions.
This weekend, the Gus Malzahn regime will play host to a trio of five-star players: defensive tackle Montravius Adams, linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive end Carl Lawson. Also on campus will be Rivals250 member and Ole Miss pledge Elijah Daniel as well as Florida State commit Ro'Derrick Hoskins.
Justin Hokanson covers recruiting for AuburnSports.com and said the Tigers aren't wasting time.
"This is a very important weekend for the staff," he said. "It is not just because of the two uncommitted five-star guys but also to solidify everything with Lawson and (four-star defensive end) Tashawn Bower, who will be on campus taking an unofficial visit.
Coming off a 3-9 season and a coaching change, the current class is ranked No. 13 in the Rivals.com rankings.
Hokanson said that if the staff closes strong, a Top 10 finish is not out of the question.
"If Auburn is able to get Foster back in the fold that is a great first step," he said. "Adams would be a bonus and I think that there will be a major push for Daniels even though he just recently committed to Ole Miss.
"There are really still six spots left to fill this class, so if Malzahn can come in and keep this together and finish in the Top 10 it would send a major message."
Check out the rest of the limited weekend plan. We will continue to update throughout the day Friday.
Official Visit Weekend Preview: Feb. 1, 2013