Published December 19, 2013 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Junior college signing day can be a bit crazy, just like the one in February with the high school kids. Wednesday marked the first day of roughly a month-long signing period for early-enrollee junior college players.
The winner of the day was clear: Auburn not only locked in the No. 1 junior college prospect in the nation in D’haquille Williams, they also flipped one of Tennessee’s top commits in top 10 JUCO prospect DaVonte Lambert, the talented defensive end out of Georgia Military College. Lambert had been on board with the Vols for several months. Also, No. 11 national prospect Derrick Moncrief, a DB, signed out of Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi–the same school as Williams. And to cap it off, one of the nation’s top centers signed–Xavier Dampeer. Auburn JUCO commits Dalvon Stuckey and Devaroe Lawrence plan to sign their letters of intent in February during the regular signing period.
Dampeer talked to Saturday Down South Wednesday night about the big day.
“I think we won today,” Dampeer told SDS via phone Wednesday. “We have D’haquille Williams, and he’s the No. 1 player in the nation. And Derrick’s the No. 1 safety in the nation and I’m the No. 1 center in the nation. Overall we dominate the recruiting game, JUCO wise. I’m extremely excited about it, really psyched. When we get there, there will be a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure, but our whole recruiting class is going to answer in a positive manner.”
Around the SEC, three SEC junior college commitments changed their minds on Wednesday. Lambert switched from Tennessee to Auburn as the headliner, while JUCO offensive lineman Norman Price dropped Mississippi State for Southern Miss and JUCO DB Shyquawn Pullium sort of left the Kentucky commitment list for no obvious reason, yet.
On the flip side, there were some new commitments introduced to the SEC. Florida signed offensive lineman Drew Sarvary, who once played for FCS Florida A&M against Oklahoma and decided to try the JUCO route to see if he could move up in the college football world–and it worked Wednesday. And Kentucky DB signee A.J. Stamps apparently benefited from Pullium’s news, while Arkansas added California native Sebastian Tretola, an OL.
Lastly, some of the most interesting news of the day was D.J. Pettway’s homecoming at Alabama. Pettway was an All-SEC Freshman team member in 2012 before getting into trouble with the law with several other former teammates. He was dismissed earlier this year. Apparently he impressed the Bama coaching staff enough to return to play for the Crimson Tide.
All of Wednesday’s signees will be on campus in early January, and will compete in spring drills.
EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings referred to by Saturday Down South are based on the 247Sports.com composite ranking, which averages all services. (*) — Indicates new commitments on Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the JUCO players who were confirmed as signees Wednesday, along with the ones who have said publicly that they will be waiting to sign during the regular signing period in February:
|FULL NAME||POS||SCHOOL||COLLEGE||NAT RANK||SIGN?|
|D’haquille Williams||WR||Gulf Coast C.C., MS||Auburn||1||YES|
|Lavon Pearson||WR||Father River C.C., CA||Tennessee||4||YES|
|*DaVonte Lambert||DE||Georgia Military College, GA||Auburn||6||YES|
|Jermaine Eluemunor||OL||Lackawanna C.C., PA||Texas A&M||7||YES|
|Dontavius Blair||OL||Garden City C.C., KS||Tennessee||8||YES|
|Avery Gennesy||OT||East Mississippi C.C., MS||Texas A&M||9||YES|
|Derrick Moncrief||DB||Gulf Coast C.C., MS||Auburn||11||YES|
|Jarran Reed||DT||East Mississippi C.C., MS||Alabama||14||YES|
|*D.J. Pettway||DE||East Mississippi C.C., MS||Alabama||16||YES|
|Abu Lamin||DT||Fort Scott C.C., KS||South Carolina||27||YES|
|Fahn Cooper||OL||College of DuPage, IL||Ole Miss||29||YES|
|Cory Johnson||DT||ASA College, NY||Kentucky||31||YES|
|Christian Russell||LB||East Mississippi C.C., MS||Ole Miss||32||YES|
|Joshua Reynolds||WR||Tyler J.C., TX||Texas A&M||39||YES|
|Jeremy Liggins||ATH||Northwest Mississippi CC, MS||Ole Miss||50||YES|
|*Sebastian Tretola||OL||Iowa Western C.C., IA||Arkansas||62||YES|
|Jocquell Johnson||OL||Copiah-Lincoln C.C., MS||Mississippi State||97||YES|
|Kenya Dennis||DB||Hinds C.C., MS||Mizzou||103||YES|
|Owen Williams||DT||Butler C.C., KS||Tennessee||115||YES|
|*Drew Sarvary||OL||Tyler J.C., TX||Florida||153||YES|
|Xavier Dampeer||OL||Copiah-Lincoln C.C., MS||Auburn||182||YES|
|Cody Hollister||WR||Arizona Western Coll., AZ||Arkansas||NR||YES|
|*A.J. Stamps||DB||East Mississippi C.C., MS||Kentucky||NR||YES|
|Dominick Jackson||OL||College of San Mateo, CA||Alabama||2||FEB.|
|Chris Weatherd||LB||Trinity Valley C.C., TX||Tennessee||19||FEB.|
|Shattle Fenteng||DB||Hutchinson C.C., KS||Georgia||23||FEB.|
|Akeem Judd||RB||Georgia Military College, GA||Ole Miss||33||FEB.|
|Dalvon Stuckey||DT||Pearl River CC, MS||Auburn||35||FEB.|
|Jhaustin Thomas||DE||Trinity Valley C.C., TX||South Carolina||43||FEB.|
|Will Coleman||DE||Tyler J.C., TX||Mississippi State||68||FEB.|
|Ryan Flannigan||LB||Blinn C.C., TX||Kentucky||131||FEB.|
|Devaroe Lawrence||DT||Georgia Military College, GA||Auburn||134||FEB.|
|Michael Mathis||DB||Kilgore J.C., TX||Kentucky||196||FEB.|