Auburn Grabs DE From Sunshine State

The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.) standout defensive end Daquan Newkirk committed to Auburn on Thursday after getting an offer from the Tigers.

Orlando, Fla.--A defensive line prospect who has blown up in recent weeks with offers from several top programs, 6-3, 252 Daquan Newkirk from The First Academy camped at Auburn this week and remained on campus for two days to get a feel for the program and school. Making the visit along with massive offensive tackle teammate Tre Johnson, Newkirk said the trip was a great one as he got an offer and committed on the spot.

“It’s just the coaching staff, the way they conduct themselves around the players and the way they love one another,” Newkirk said. “It’s just a brotherhood around there.”

Alabama, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville and Pittsburgh are among the other offers for Newkirk, but he said after seeing Auburn it just felt like home for him.

Getting the chance to sit down with Coach Gus Malzahn and Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp along with Defensive line Coch Rodney Garner to talk about the possibilities on the defensive line for the Tigers, Newkirk said he felt comfortable around the staff and that is an important part of things for him.

“They are believers,” Newkirk said of the Auburn staff. “They are Christ-led. What can I say? They are good, quality people and it will be good when I come up there next year.”

Not planning to take any additional visits, Newkirk said he’s done with recruiting and is happy to be part of the Auburn family moving forward.

“I’m extremely blessed,” Newkirk said. “I’m very excited for what is upcoming for me.”

Playing both running back and defensive end for The First Academy, Newkirk is a two-way standout in high school but will play defense for the Tigers. With a 40-yard dash time of better than 4.7 seconds, he's an explosive athlete that should fit in well with Auburn's defense.

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