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It was a memorable weekend for 2023 offensive tackle Vysen Lang.

The 4-star from Pike Road, Ala., was back on Auburn's campus for Big Cat Weekend Saturday, and the Tigers made a big impression.

"Auburn’s status with me just boosted up out the roof after this visit," Lang said. "I just love the atmosphere, everybody is just positive out here and just a good place to be right now."

Vysen Lang was on campus for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend July 30.

Vysen Lang was on campus for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend July 30. (Caleb Jones | AuburnSports.com)

Playing games, a water fight with coaches and a competitive watermelon eating competition were the highlights of the trip for Lang, who's becoming a frequent visitor at Auburn.

"I love being at Auburn, being with the coaches and everybody here," Lang said. "Just a good Saturday spent."

Most of Saturday was more than football. It was getting to know the coaches at a more personal level.

"I already know them pretty good, but now it was just me having fun with them, just me talking with them outside of football," Lang said.

 

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Pike Road High School

Lang released a top six of Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Texas and Georgia earlier this month, but has yet to take an official visit. He plans to visit all six schools and Auburn will be one of his official visits, although a date isn't set.

He will be in attendance for the Penn State game on Sept. 17, but that likely won't be his last Auburn game.

"I’ll be back at a lot of Auburn games this year," Lang said.

Lang feels like the Tigers are still pushing hard for him and he appreciates that. So, where does Auburn stand?

"Auburn’s in there," Lang said. "Those are the schools I could commit to any day."

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Big Cat exit interviews: Jabari Murphy, Bradley Shaw and Terrance Love

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IMG_2044 2 copy Auburn commit Terrance Love was at Big Cat Weekend.

AUBURN, ALABAMA — More than two dozen major targets of Auburn attended Saturday’s Big Cat Weekend recruiting event. Here’s a re-cap of three post-event interviews …

Jabari Murphy is a 2024 WR for Auburn fans to know 

Jabari Murphy, a 3-star receiver from Eclectic (Al.) Elmore County High with a 4-star offer list, was among the notable juniors at Big Cat Weekend. Murphy, listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, is the No. 15 recruit in the state of Alabama for On3. Auburn hasn’t yet offered, but he got some attention Saturday from the staff.

Here are some of his interview highlights:

With this being your first visit to Auburn, what was it like and how does it feel to be invited to Big Cat?

“It was like a dream come true. It all looked good. I really liked it. I’ve always wanted to go to Auburn, I just have to keep on working so I can make that dream come true.”

Did you grow up an Auburn fan?

“I’m actually an Alabama fan, but I like Auburn. I’d rather go to Auburn than Bama.”

What is the Auburn coaching staff’s message to you now?

“They’re just waiting to see what my film is going to look like a little bit this next year and then they’ll let me know something soon.”

You’re going to be doing some different stuff on offense this year. Do you feel like it fits your game?

“Oh yeah, it definitely does. I like the offense that we’re running. It’s like a spread concept kind of. We’re throwing the ball a lot and that’s what I like.”

Where do you currently have offers from?

“West Virginia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Maryland, and Penn State”

Bradley Shaw is an up-and-comer from Hoover, Ala.

Bradley Shaw is an unranked 2024 linebacker from Hoover, Ala. — but he probably won’t be unranked for long. That’s because the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Shaw already holds offers from multiple Power 5 programs, including Auburn. Here are some of his interview highlights:

How was your Big Cat experience?

“It was great, a great environment. I love it here. We were just interacting, (linebackers coach Christian Robinson) showed that he cares for me.”

How does it feel being here for the first time since your offer from Auburn in July?

“It’s been nice. They’re showing love and showing they want me.”

What is your mindset toward Auburn and other schools? Is there a leader?

“Really, I just have an open mind right now. I’m taking it all into consideration.”

Terrance Love still gets that home feeling in Auburn

Four-star safety Terrance Love of Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes became the second member of the 2023 Auburn commit list in April. Now, he’s hoping a few of his teammates join him with the Tigers. Love has visited Auburn multiple times and was back on campus Saturday for Big Cat. Here are some of his interview highlights:

What are your thoughts from today?

“I thought today went well. It was very good and I know just about all of the guys here.”

What made you commit to Auburn back in April?

“It was really just the home feeling. I love all of the coaches, especially (Secondary coach) Zac Etheridge. He’s good with developing players for the next level, so I felt like I should go ahead and dial that in there.”

Did you have that “home” feeling here today?

“Yeah, I definitely did. I always do.”

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It was a memorable weekend for 2023 offensive tackle Vysen Lang.

The 4-star from Pike Road, Ala., was back on Auburn's campus for Big Cat Weekend Saturday, and the Tigers made a big impression.

"Auburn’s status with me just boosted up out the roof after this visit," Lang said. "I just love the atmosphere, everybody is just positive out here and just a good place to be right now."

Vysen Lang was on campus for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend July 30.

Vysen Lang was on campus for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend July 30. (Caleb Jones | AuburnSports.com)

Playing games, a water fight with coaches and a competitive watermelon eating competition were the highlights of the trip for Lang, who's becoming a frequent visitor at Auburn.

"I love being at Auburn, being with the coaches and everybody here," Lang said. "Just a good Saturday spent."

Most of Saturday was more than football. It was getting to know the coaches at a more personal level.

"I already know them pretty good, but now it was just me having fun with them, just me talking with them outside of football," Lang said.

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Pike Road High School

Lang released a top six of Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Texas and Georgia earlier this month, but has yet to take an official visit. He plans to visit all six schools and Auburn will be one of his official visits, although a date isn't set.

He will be in attendance for the Penn State game on Sept. 17, but that likely won't be his last Auburn game.

"I’ll be back at a lot of Auburn games this year," Lang said.

Lang feels like the Tigers are still pushing hard for him and he appreciates that. So, where does Auburn stand?

"Auburn’s in there," Lang said. "Those are the schools I could commit to any day."

Would really love to get a pipeline at Pike Road. You guys already know I been saying we should stay getting dudes from Gump as well.

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  • RunInRed changed the title to Big Cat Recruiting Weekend

Quit arguing on the thread here please. Let’s stick to recruiting news guys!

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Last page clean up. Stick to Big Cat recruiting and drop the back and forth arguing.

I was posing as a mod and you swoop in and make me look weak, c’mon man! 😝 

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I really think Big Cat was a success in that we got two key 2024 commits and seem to have some 2023 close to committing and also piqued the interest of some 2023 and 2024 recruits.  Now other pieces need to fall in place coaches keeping in contact and working recruits and NIL not the reason a recruit goes to another team because we were just outbid for a player we really wanted and needed. 

I am really hoping to start to see some 2023 commit before season putting us in a position that if we play well and win we can add other key recruits.

All the interviews show that the players thought we did a great job.

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Todd, not necessarily Big Cat related , but saw where Rickie Collins decomitted from Purdue.... We interested?

I think he is LSU bound he de-committed after visiting LSU.

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Looking for some 2023 commitments after Big Cat weekend. Still waiting.

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