In-State Prospect Excited About Offer From AU

This football prospect got good news this week with an offer from Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Prattville, Ala.--It's been a memorable junior year for Prattville High School's Dekendrick Moncrief.

In December, he helped his team win the Alabama High School Association 6A football championship as a key member of the Lions' offense.

This week, the 6-0, 175-pound wide receiver picked up his first scholarship offer when he received a letter from Auburn giving him the good news.

"It is exciting--very exciting," says Moncrief, who notes he is impressed by the Tigers. "I like their football program and their academic program."

Moncrief will be back on the football field in late April as his team starts its spring practice. Auburn is in the middle of its spring drills and Moncrief was on campus Saturday to check out the Tigers as they scrimmaged at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "They really get after it and the coaches coach real well," he says.

As a junior he caught 51 passes for 1,001 and 18 touchdowns. This fall he is expected to be the guy throwing passes as starting quarterback Larry Smith, a Vandy signee, moves to Nashville.

"This year I am not playing wide receiver," he says. "I am going to be at quarterback. I have played quarterback all of my life except in 10th and 11th grade."

Moncrief compares his style of play as a QB to being similar to Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick. Commenting on his skills as a receiver, which is the position he is expected to play in college, he says, "I think what I do best is make people miss and look the ball in. What I need to do as a senior is get my speed down and get stronger."

The Prattville junior says he runs a 4.5 40 and "is working on that," but notes he is fast on the football fields with the full pads on. "When the games come I turn it on," he says.

Prattville put a very impressive team on the field last year and Moncrief expects the Lions to be strong again this fall. "Winning the state championship was a real big deal because we worked so hard at it every day," he says. "We are going to be good again this year. In fact, I think we are going to be even better."

Moncrief, who says he is on the A-B honor roll, notes that he isn't certain what he wants to study in college.

The junior is also a standout in a second sport and is receiving attention from colleges as a basketball prospect. "I am a guard and I have been starting on the varsity since I was in the ninth grade," he says. "I averaged 18 points and like eight assists last season. I am getting looks from Division II colleges."

With more than a month until spring training starts, Moncrief plans to check out several other colleges this spring. "I plan to go to Clemson, South Carolina and Memphis," he says.

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