Juco Safety Moncrief Discusses Auburn Offer

Former Prattville and current Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. safety Derrick Moncrief picked up an offer from the Auburn Tigers on Monday.

Prattville, Ala.—At 6-3, 226 pounds, junior college safety prospect Derrick Moncrief has been an enforcer since his days for the Prattville Lions.

Heading into his second season for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Moncrief is beginning to see his recruiting take off after grabbing early offers from Oklahoma State and Kentucky.

On Tuesday he made a visit to the Plains to check out the Auburn Tigers. Getting the chance to sit down with the coaching staff as well as check out the facilities, Moncrief says the highlight of the day came when he got an offer from the Tigers.

"I got my offer from Auburn today," Moncrief tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That was very exciting for me. It's a good place and somewhere my family could come see me play. I like it. It's just a humbling experience.

"I liked the environment," Moncrief says. "The coaches showed me around. I got to see the academic part. It was just a good family environment and I saw I could come in right away and play."

A player very familiar with the former Auburn staff from his high school days, Moncrief says that he's already building a bond with Harbison and the rest of the coaches. Already familiar with Dameyune Craig as well, he notes that this group makes him feel at home already.

"They are really just down to earth," Moncrief says. "I just feel like I'm at home. It's just about the communication part now. I really like Coach Harbison. He wants the best. He stresses academics and that I can come in right away and play."

Even though Auburn signed three players capable of playing the safety position in last year's class, with the "star" position a possible destination for at least one of them, the need is still great for the Tigers at safety. Because of that and Auburn's defensive scheme, Moncrief says the Tigers are definitely a team he'll keep an eye on.

"It's the same scheme I ran in high school," Moncrief says. "It's really the same thing we're doing at Gulf Coast. I think I would fit right in with them."

As a freshman Moncrief made 46 tackles with three interceptions and one forced fumble for MGCCC. Excited to get back on the field this fall and graduate in December, he says that there is no rush to make a decision and he's just enjoying the ride.

"I really don't have a timeline," Moncrief says. "I just want to talk with my family and take it from there."

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