Moncrief "Feels Great" About Auburn

Junior college safety Derrick Moncrief discusses signing with the Auburn Tigers, D'haquille Williams and more.

Prattville, Ala.--One of the top junior college safety prospects in the country, big Derrick Moncrief committed to the Auburn Tigers before their wild 2013 season got underway. Following along with them as win after win piled up on the way to the SEC Championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game, Moncrief says that finally being able to sign on the dotted line with the Tigers and Gus Malzahn on Wednesday was a huge moment for him.

"It feels great," Moncrief tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I feel relieved. I'm just ready to start a new path and a new beginning.

"This season has meant a lot to me because I chose that college," he adds. "It was just been a great experience just watching the season unfold. They are doing great things."

For the Tigers the 2013 season has been a lesson in patience in the secondary. Things started when returning starter Demetruce McNeal was lost before the season. That forced cornerback Josh Holsey to move to safety until his injury left yet another opening at safety. Veteran cornerback Ryan White wound up filling in as Auburn's third safety for much of the second half of the year, joining junior Jermaine Whitehead and senior Ryan Smith.

Needing players to step in right away and challenge for playing time at both safety spots, Moncrief said that makes Auburn the perfect fit at the right time for him.

"It's very important to me because I'm coming from junior college," Moncrief says. "Time is ticking for me. Really I just want to get there and have a big impact with everything I do."

Teammates at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with fellow Auburn signee D'haquille Williams, Moncrief said following a visit to the Iron Bowl for both that the wide receiver would sign with the Tigers. Before he could even get going on Wednesday it was Williams that sent the first message about signing day, starting a frenzy for the Tigers that finished with the duo, Xavier Dampeer and four-star defensive lineman Davonte Lambert all signing with Auburn. Moncrief said the day couldn't have been any better for him and the future of the program.

"He texted me about 7:50 in the morning and told me War Eagle," Moncrief says of Williams. "I'm just pumped about this class. We've got a lot of great talent, but we know talent will only get you so far. We just have to gel together real fast and see how it goes."

Gelling is what Auburn has done this season on the field. Now with one more game to go for the national championship, Moncrief says he doesn't have any doubts his future team is going to come home with the crystal.

"They will get it done."

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