Auburn Offer Puts Tigers On Top For Dampeer

Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer talks about getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers and what has Gus Malzahn's program on top for him.

Wesson, Miss.--Big junior college offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer got his first taste of Auburn football when he visited the Plains to see the Tigers defeat Arkansas State in the second game of the season. Over the weekend Auburn coach Gus Malzahn returned the favor, checking out Dampeer playing center at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

That was all it took for the Tigers to pull the trigger as Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes gave Dampeer the news that he had the big offer he had been waiting for. At 6-3, 300, Dampeer could play center or guard on the next level after making the move from the defensive line. He says getting an offer from a school like Auburn is just huge.

"I consider it an honor and a privilege," Dampeer tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was extremely happy when I received the offer. I talked to coach Grimes and he told me they liked the type of player I am because I play hard. He said they liked my snaps as a center and that they just liked me as a person too. They know I work hard and I like to do things right."

Already with offers from Troy, UAB, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and several other smaller programs, Dampeer notes that when he heard the Auburn coaches were coming to see him play on Saturday he knew it was his time to shine.

"It was a pretty awesome feeling," Dampeer says. "Especially where I'm coming from. The moment I get an opportunity like this I'm going to take advantage of it."

Growing up and dreaming of playing in the Southeastern Conference, Dampeer says there is no doubt that getting an offer from the Tigers has moved him to the head of his list.

"Right now they are sitting at the top for me," Dampeer says. "I like the fact that they are in the SEC and one of the top schools in the nation. When I went down there for my visit a few weeks ago they showed me a lot of love. I feel like I was really at home there."

Planning to visit Auburn again this weekend for an official visit, he says that right now he's planning to take his time before making a final decision, but he can't rule out a commitment.

"I can kind of see myself committing, but ultimately I will probably end up waiting," he says.

Copiah-Lincoln suffered its first loss of the season last week, dropping a 50-47 decision to Jones County.

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