Football Tigers Looking to Add Juco Signees

D'haquille Williams

Auburn is looking to restock its 2014 football roster with help from the junior college ranks.

Auburn, Ala.--With junior college signing day for early graduates starting on Wednesday, Auburn's 2014 class is expected to get an early boost with three players scheduled to sign with the Tigers and the potential for a fourth when the papers come in.

The biggest name and the one Auburn fans will be watching is five-star wide receiver D'haquille Williams from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. Considered an instant impact player, the big receiver was originally committed to LSU, but backed off that before giving a commitment to Dameyune Craig and Auburn over the summer. With the Bengal Tigers still trying to make a push this one is worth watching until the ink is dry.

Earning back-to-back junior college All-America honors, Williams caught 51 passes for 733 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore despite facing constant double-team situations. As a freshman the Reserve, La., native made 67 receptions for 1,295 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Williams was voted one of the team captains for the Bulldogs as was fellow Auburn commitment Derrick Moncrief. Playing safety for MGCCC, the former Prattville High School standout is expected to provide immediate depth for the Tigers at a position that has precious little of that. At 6-2, 215, Moncrief has the size that Charlie Harbison is looking for at the position to be an enforcer for the Auburn secondary.

Xavier Dampeer

The third signee on Wednesday is expected to be offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer. Committing to the Tigers after getting an offer from J.B. Grimes and Gus Malzahn, the powerful sophomore played defensive line as a freshman Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson, Miss. before making the move to offense for the 2013 season. He's expected to provide immediate depth at the center position with junior backup Tunde Fariyike expected to bypass his redshirt senior season after graduating this semester.

Wednesday could be an even bigger day for the Tigers with Tennessee commitment Davonte Lambert still looking strongly at Auburn. A teammate of Auburn commitment Devaroe Lawrence and close with Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner, Lambert is a four-star defensive end Georgia Military College who has a chance to play very early on the next level.

Davonte Lambert

At 6-3, 280, Lambert is originally from Burke County High in Waynesboro, Ga., and has known Garner since his high school days. He took official visits to both Auburn and Tennessee before making his commitment to the Vols in August.

There is still a possibility to add another player or two during this junior college signing period, but that's still far from a certainty at this point. Big tight end Jordan Prestwood visited Auburn this fall and could be a player the Tigers sign, but right now there are still questions about his academic status and if he'll be an early graduate. Another player is former Auburn tight end Ricky Parks. Still waiting on an Auburn offer, Parks could be in line to rejoin the Tigers in January, but that's not an option at this time.

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