Moncrief Excited About Iron Bowl Visit

Derrick Moncrief

Auburn commitment Derrick Moncrief talks about his visit for the Iron Bowl, gives his thoughts on the season for the Tigers, and talks about teammate D'haquille Williams.

Prattville, Ala.--A longtime commitment to the Auburn Tigers, junior college safety prospect Derrick Moncrief knows all about the history of the Iron Bowl, growing up just down the road in Prattville. Playing the last two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, this weekend Moncrief will get an opportunity to see the game he'll be playing in beginning next season when he takes his official visit to the Plains.

An early graduate that will enroll at Auburn in January and go through spring practice, the 6-3, 220 Moncrief says that he's pumped to see the atmosphere that surrounds one of the biggest college football games of the year.

"I'm very excited," Moncrief tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's going to be really crazy. I just can't wait to see it. I think it's going to be crazy. It's a rivalry game and anything can happen. I'm just going to take it all in."

Paying close attention to the Tigers all season long, Moncrief says he's been impressed by what Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff have been able to do in such a short time. Taking over a team that won just three games last year, Auburn is now 10-1 and one win away from playing for the SEC Championship.

"I kind of figured they were going to do really well with Coach Malzahn and the coaching staff," Moncrief says. "They had all the ingredients to win. It has meant a lot to me. I play the game for more than just wins and losses, but when you're winning it makes you feel good about your commitment."

With a lack of depth in the Auburn secondary severe that cornerback Ryan White was forced to safety against Texas A&M because of an injury to Josh Holsey despite never practicing at the position, Moncrief has seen a group lay it on the line each and every week. Knowing that he'll have a chance to make an early impact on the back end of the defense, he says it's just up to him to put himself in that position.

"They come out and fight every Saturday," Moncrief notes. "They never give up. They are a tough group. It has been fun watching them play.

"It's a dream come true," he adds of the possibility of early playing time. "I just have to work hard every day to fulfill that. I'm just very excited. It has been a long experience. I'm just ready to get there."

Teammates with another Auburn commitment, five-star wide receiver D'haquille Williams, Moncrief says that he's working hard to keep the talented pass-catcher with the Tigers. While he knows it's going to be a battle down to the wire with LSU in the running, Moncrief says he's going to keep working to make sure the two are in orange and blue next year.

"I think he's coming this weekend, but I don't know because he lives so far away," Moncrief says about Williams' home in Reserve, La. "He went home for Thanksgiving. I think he's holding strong, but only signing day will tell. I'll be recruiting him until then."

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