Merry Christmas!!! Juco OL Signs With Tigers

Junior college offensive lineman Devonte Danzey signed with the Auburn Tigers on Christmas.

Tampa, Fla.—Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn and Offensive Line Coach J.B. Grimes got a very important gift of their own on Christmas day as talented junior college guard Devonte Danzey signed with the Tigers over Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia, South Florida, Troy and several others on Wednesday.

"It's just a special time," Danzey said. "It's a good opportunity to play in the SEC. It will be a good Christmas present for my family because they all want me to go to Auburn. Auburn has been looking for offensive linemen so it's also a Christmas gift for them."

A 6-4, 290-pounder with three years left to play after redshirting his first season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Danzey said one of the big reasons why he chose the Tigers was having a great opportunity to play early for an offensive line needing experience at the guard position. Another reason why he said he chose Auburn was just the feel he got while on his recent official visit.

"It just felt like family," Danzey said. "My family love the way the family at Auburn reacted with them. The environment is just such a family."

Danzey took his visit to Auburn before Grimes was hired by Malzahn as the offensive line coach. Since that time he said he's had the opportunity to talk with his future position coach several times and he likes what he's heard.

"He has a lot of experience," Danzey said. "He's put over 50 guys into the league (NFL), not just drafted but getting a shot to go to the league. He has worked in numerous bowl games. Many times when he's worked with the offensive line a running back has had 1,000-plus yards."

Playing his high school football at Tampa Bay Tech, Danzey had no offers as a 6-2, 260 offensive lineman even though his campus was very close to the University of South Florida. Working hard in junior college to earn his opportunity, Danzey said it's a dream come true to be able to sign with a school like Auburn and he's ready to get to work.

"It's a big step," Danzey said. "I try to stay humble about it. Everyone always tells me that I worked hard in junior college and got out in the 18 months like I did. Signing with the biggest conference coming out of junior college after having no offers coming out of high school is a pretty special day. It's a blessing."

Danzey becomes the second junior college signee for the Tigers, joining running back Cameron Artis-Payne. Both are expected to enroll in January and go through spring practice with Auburn.

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