JUCO Prospect Enjoys First Auburn Trip

Big juco offensive line prospect Xavier Dampeer discusses his visit to Auburn on Saturday.

Wesson, Miss.--A teammate of former Auburn signee Darrion Hutcherson at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, big center prospect Xavier Dampeer made his first visit to the Plains on Saturday to check out the Tigers against Arkansas State. Getting a feel for Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Auburn program, Dampeer said he enjoyed everything about his first glimpse of the Tigers.

"I loved it," Dampeer told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I loved the atmosphere and I loved the way they made me feel and the intensity of the game and the pace of the game. I really enjoyed myself on my first trip to Auburn."

While Hutcherson is very familiar with Auburn and getting a better feel for the new staff, with only Scott Fountain a holdover from the previous group, Dampeer is just getting to know Gus Malzahn, J.B. Grimes and the rest of the guys. He said so far so good in that department.

"I have talked to them a little bit in the past," Dampeer said. "I really enjoyed the hospitality they showed me. I got a good feel for how a game day would be like at Auburn if I went there and I loved it." At 6-3, 300, the Mendenhall, Miss. native is a physical prospect that is already getting attention from several big programs. Also looking at Mississippi State and Ole Miss in addition to Auburn and several more SEC schools, Dampeer said he would prefer to play his final two years in the Southeastern Conference. Right now he holds offers from Troy, UAB, Southern Illinois, Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky.

As for Auburn and what the future holds, Dampeer said he doesn't have an offer from the Tigers but that could change depending on the outcome of the season and how well junior Reese Dismukes plays.

"Right now they have a center, but they're not sure if he's going to come back or head to the league," Dampeer said of Dismukes. "They said they are highly interested in me. They said to just keep playing hard and we'll see how things work out."

A sophomore this season, Dampeer will have three seasons to play two on the next level.

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