Five Auburn Signees Have Early Start

Five members of the 2014 signee class will be able to participate in spring training.

Auburn, Ala.--Prior to the first scholarship papers arriving at the Auburn football complex on Wednesday five members of Coach Gus Malzahn's 2014 signee class were already on campus going through winter workouts.

The group includes two early high school graduates, Chris Laye and Stanton Truitt, along with juco transfers offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer, safety Derrick Moncrief and receiver D'haquille Williams.

Chris Laye

Laye, who is 6-5, 242 pounds from Lambert High School in Suwanee, Ga., is rated three stars as the No. 53 tight end prospect in the country. He committed to the Tigers early, choosing Auburn last April over Boston College, Louisville, Virginia, Vanderbilt, South Florida and others.

As a senior he was mainly used as a blocker as he caught seven passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.. "Auburn's offense is the way I like to play," said Laye. "They are no-huddle and just get after it."

Truitt, 5-10, 185 pounds, played quarterback for Monroe, Ga., High where he put up outstanding numbers as a senior. He rushed 130 times for 1,588 yards and 25 touchdowns and passed for 13 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

Stanton Truitt

Truitt is expected to make the move to wide receiver with the Tigers and said he is looking forward to playing the position under the direction of Coach Dameyune Craig. "I think we have big things that are going to happen," he said. Truitt is rated three stars as a wide receiver prospect.

Dampeer, who is 6-3, 300 from Mendenhall Miss., enrolled in January at Auburn after finishing at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. The former defensive lineman turned offensive lineman is expected to get a look at center at Auburn, the position he is rated three stars at by Scout.com.

Xavier Dampeer

"I love coach (J.B.) Grimes," Dampeer said of his new position coach. "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."

Dampeer earned All-Region and All-State honors last season at Copiah-Lincoln. He played defensive tackle as a freshman before moving to offense.

Moncrief, who is 6-3, 225 pounds, was a standout at Prattville High School before moving to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. "I just love the facilities and the coaches," he said of Auburn. "It's just everything including the fan base. It just feels like a home away from home."

Derrick Moncrief

Moncrief chose the Tigers over Kentucky, Oklahoma State and others last May prior to his sophomore season in junior college. He is rated as a four-star safety by Scout.com.

His juco teammate, Williams, is rated as a five-star receiver. A 6-2, 215-pounder, Williams caught 51 passes for 733 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. As a freshman the Reserve, La., native, who originally committed to LSU, made 67 catches for 1,295 yards and 17 touchdowns.

D'haquille Williams

Williams, who was a high school star at East St. John, said he is looking forward to playing for the Tigers and being a part of Malzahn's offense. He also noted that he feels a strong bond with Craig, his new wide receiver coach. "He is here to help us, not just to coach us but to be a father to us," Williams said. "That's big."


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