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JUCO signing day recap: Auburn wins the day and three SEC recruits decommit

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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.

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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.

RELATED: Gators sign surprise JUCO lineman Sarvary, who took the long way to the SEC

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.

RELATED: Pettway back on board with Alabama after 10 month hiatus at junior college

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 composite ranking, which averages all services. (*) — Indicates new commitments on Wednesday.

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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:

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.


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Comments 5

  1. dawgs
    Commented : 4 months ago

    Great job CMR hy would anyone want to play for the UGA pogram????

  2. bsums
    Commented : 4 months ago

    So you’re telling ms LSU didn’t get a single JUCO commit?

  3. I’ll bet these guys are murder on the Academic Progress Rate. If you think about your own college years, it is hard to imagine transferring and learning everything about the new campus all over again after only two years at the first