Published December 4, 2013 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
One Auburn commit’s ears are still ringing. Another’s face is hurting from smiling so much.
It has been a special year to be an Auburn recruit, from beginning to end, but the biggest moment came with no time remaining in the game on Saturday night–as everybody in the country who cares about college football knows by now. The Tigers ended Alabama’s national title run thanks to an improbable touchdown return with no time remaining in the game.
Derrick Moncrief, the No. 1 junior college safety recruit in the nation, witnessed it all first hand. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound safety got a first-hand reminder of why he picked the Tigers way back in May.
“Actually, I told the people around me that if he kicks it short we’re going to run it back,” Moncrief told Saturday Down South this week. “Man, it was pandemonium in there. It was the best feeling ever … Everyone wants to be a part of a great tradition and we want to turn the program back in the right direction for a national title. Coach Gus (Malzahn) is just a down to earth person.”
Nicholas Ruffin is a four-star cornerback and ranked one of the top 10 overall prospects in talent-laden Georgia.
“When he caught it, I was yelling ‘go left and he’s gone’,” Ruffin told SDS. “I saw him hit the sidelines and take off, and I was in utter shock and disbelief.”
Quarterback Tyler Queen, the lone Auburn recruit in the class of 2015, is rated the No. 7 pro-style QB in the nation, along with having a four-star rating. But on Saturday, he was just another fan at home screaming at the television.
“It was insane,” Queen told SDS. “When Nick Marshall pulled up to throw and I saw Sammie (Coates) wide open (for the tie), I was going crazy. That was one of the best finishes I’ve ever witnessed in a college football game.”
Editor’s note: All rankings used by Saturday Down South, individual and team-wise, refer to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.