Auburn Feels Like Home For Moncrief

Auburn commitment Derrick Moncrief talks about his summer, getting his commitment out of the way, and much more.

Prattville, Ala.—Already committed to the Auburn Tigers, 6-3, 222 safety/star Derrick Moncrief is anxious to get his sophomore season under way this fall at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and help his team on its quest for a national championship.

Planning to graduate in December and head to Auburn in January, the former Prattville High School standout says he's enjoyed his down time this summer after making his commitment to the Tigers.

"It has been real good," Moncrief tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It has been laid back. I have just been focusing on getting better in every aspect of the game. It was nice to get all of the recruiting out of the way."

Choosing the Tigers over Kentucky, Oklahoma State and several others in early May, Moncrief says that he doesn't have any second thoughts about his decision and has only grown stronger in his commitment to Auburn since then.

"I feel real good about my commitment," Moncrief says. "It's the place I want to be. I think God put me there for a reason, he put me in the whole situation for a reason. I feel very good about it.

"I just love the facilities and the coaches," he adds. "It's just everything including the fan base. It just feels like a home away from home. I'm locked in with Auburn. Nothing is going to change my mind. It's a great situation for me. I feel like I can help them win the national championship."

Making two trips to Auburn since his commitment has given Moncrief a chance to get to know the coaching staff better, including Charlie "Cheese" Harbison. His future position coach is someone that Moncrief says already has made an impression on him.

"Coach Harbison is an all-around good guy," Moncrief says. "He just wants to bring the best out of me. I really like his experience and being around him."

Headed back to school at the end of this month, Moncrief says he's excited about the upcoming season at Mississippi Gulf Coast after losing in the state title game last season.

"It was really important for me to get the decision out of the way," Moncrief says. "I just want to focus on my academics and this upcoming season. We want to a national championship so I wanted to get it out of the way and be really focused."

A big part of the defensive effort for Gulf Coast, Moncrief has the opportunity to work against one of the best receivers in the country on a daily basis in practice. Rated the nation's top junior college wide receiver, D'haquille Williams is a player that Auburn is recruiting and hoping to add to this year's class. Moncrief says going to do everything he can to make that happen.

"I think he would be a great fit," Moncrief says. "He's one of the best players in the country. I think he'll keep Auburn in consideration. I haven't talked to him, but when I get back to school I'm going to be in his ear."

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