*In football, Auburn will have a big official visit group this weekend and one of the top names is junior college cornerback Brian George. Currently at Highland Community College in Kansas and originally from Belle Glade, Florida, George is an interesting player and one to watch for the Tigers heading into the early signing period.
At 6-2, 190, he’s a long defender that would be a good fit for what Auburn does on defense. He was on campus for an unofficial visit for the Iron Bowl and was having a great time watching the Tigers beat Alabama. He was into the game and very animated while on the field late watching from ground level.
One of the most important visitors this weekend is big Jeremy Flax. A 6-6, 320-pounder originally from Detroit, he is the No. 1 junior college offensive tackle in the country. There is no question this could be a player to monitor down the stretch because he’s got three years left to play and because Auburn absolutely needs at least a pair of tackles to be ready to play out of this 2020 class. Even if Brodarious Hamm turns out to be a starter, Auburn is going to need others ready to step in and play next season.
*In basketball, one thing that the Auburn Tigers need to really improve on is at the free throw line following another struggle in the win over Furman. For the season Auburn is shooting 65.8 percent, but the issue is with point guard J’Von McCormick. The player that is going to have the ball in his hands the most in a game, the senior has made just 4-13 (30.8 percent). Samir Doughty is Auburn’s best option at the moment at 76.1 percent among the starters, but late in games it could mean putting Jamal Johnson the court more. This season he leads the team at 83.3 percent (10-12). He also leads the team shooting 47.8 percent from three-point range.
*In baseball news the Auburn Diamond Club Preseason Banquet is set for the 19th year and it will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. CT at Auburn Arena. Headlining this year’s banquet are guest speakers and notable college baseball analysts Chris Burke and Kyle Peterson.
Banquet tickets are on sale now. Member rates are $50 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under. The general public can purchase tickets for $75 apiece. VIP tables are also available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased online at auburndiamondclub.com/events. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Jan. 10. For more information or to join the Auburn Diamond Club, visit auburndiamondclub.com.
Coming off the first College World Series appearance in 22 seasons, the Tigers open the 2020 campaign with a four-game series against Illinois-Chicago beginning Friday, Feb. 14 at Plainsman Park.