JUCO O-Lineman Xavier Dampeer Picks Auburn

Auburn added a commitment on Sunday from big junior college offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer from Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College.

Wesson, Miss.--Getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers earlier this week following a visit from coaches Gus Malzahn and J.B. Grimes to Copiah-Lincoln Community College, big offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer wasted little time in making his decision as he made a commitment following his official visit for the Ole Miss game.

"I want to give honor to God first of all for the opportunity he gave me," Dampeer said. "The visit was nice. I enjoyed the people there. They showed me a lot of love. That's what I was looking for. It just goes to show that if you keep God first, stay humble and keep working hard that you can do anything.

"I just committed to Auburn a few minutes ago," he adds. "They showed loyalty to me and I'm big on loyalty. They showed a lot of effort in recruiting me and when I got there it was everything I dreamed of. It was a lively college atmosphere and playing in front of 100,000 fans. That's what I was looking for."

With early offers from Troy, UAB, Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and other smaller programs, the former defensive lineman has seen his stock take off since making the move to the center position. Capable of playing any of the inside positions for the Tigers down the road, Dampeer says he just felt at home in Auburn following his visits and knew it was the place for him.

"What really stood out about the visit to me was the support I received from the fans," Dampeer notes. "It was also the love that the coaches showed me. I'm pretty used to the love that I'm getting because of the school I'm at right now. It just fits like a glove."

Making an early trip to Auburn for a game, getting to experience Jordan-Hare Stadium at night for the second time may have just been the thing to push Dampeer over the edge he says.

"It was electric," Dampeer notes. "My ears were ringing from the beginning of the game until the end of the game, especially in the fourth quarter. I really loved it and want to be a part of it. I'm glad to be a part of the Auburn family."

At 6-3, 300, Dampeer has three years left to play two at Auburn after playing his freshman season on the defensive line for Co-Lin. Still working on his game on the offensive side of the ball, he notes that coach Grimes was one of the biggest reasons why he chose to play for the Tigers.

"I love coach Grimes," Dampeer says. "He coached my coach (Robert McFarland) at Co-Lin Community College. They are basically the same person. I said when I left Co-Lin that I would miss my old coach, but he's just like him. It's like he's following me here. Me and coach Grimes are going to get along well because I know I'm going to be coached hard and pushed to my limits."

Planning to graduate in December and enroll at Auburn in time for spring practice, Dampeer says that he plans to come in ready to compete for a starting job.

"Coming in for spring I'll get to learn the playbook," Dampeer notes. "I'll get to bond with my teammates. I'll also get to see where I'm at and how much farther I need to go."

Originally from Mendenhall, Miss., Dampeer becomes the 15th commitment for Auburn in the 2014 class and the first offensive lineman. He is the first verbal for the Tigers since five-star running back Racean Thomas from Oxford committed in early August.


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