Wide Receiver Recruit Impressed With A-Day

One of Alabama's top receivers talks about his experience at Auburn's A-Day game last Saturday.

Prattville, Ala.--Prattville High School wide receiver Dekendrick Moncrief says thought he knew what to expect Saturday when he made the drive up 1-85 to Auburn for the A-Day game. In town several times during spring practice, Moncrief was expecting a few thousand fans and a few dozen prospects to be in Jordan-Hare Stadium to watch the Tigers scrimmage.

Instead more than 30,000 people and just over 400 junior prospects were on hand as Auburn's offense put on a show for the fans in attendance as well as those watching on television. Moncrief says that he was impressed by the offense after watching them on the losing end of things the last two Saturdays.

"Saturday was a pretty fun day," Moncrief tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got to meet a lot of people that I haven't seen before and a lot of prospects I haven't seen before. I made some new friends.

"It was a fun day for me because the offense looked real good. I got to meet Coach (Tommy) Tuberville the first time. That went pretty well. He told me just to keep my grades up and I would have a chance to come in there and play next year if I work hard."

Moncrief tightropes the sidelines for a touchdown in last year's 6A state championship game.

One of the top players on a Prattville team that steamrolled Hoover in the Class 6A title game last year, Moncrief has been receiving attention from schools all over the South, but says to this point he's holding steady with one offer and has two schools at the top of his list.

"I'm hearing from Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Clemson, and Memphis in addition to Auburn," Moncrief says. "Auburn is my only offer at the moment. To narrow it down I would like to go to either Florida or Auburn because they are close to home."

With plans to attend spring practice dates at Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Clemson in the coming weeks, the 6-1, 180 wide receiver says that at the moment he is working to get bigger and stronger to prepare for his senior season. He says he's also working hard on another part of his game to get ready for camp time this summer.

"I'm just lifting weights and then I go outside and work hard every day," Moncrief says. "I'm working to get faster right now. I'm working on my speed. We ordered a new sled with weights on the back of it and I push that. I also run in our sand pit a lot. Then I do a lot of agility and footwork drills. I need to get quicker to make it on the next level."

Making it to the next level is something many of Auburn's current players are hoping to accomplish in the coming years. If they do then one day they'll have the opportunity to come back to the Plains on A-Day to reconnect with former teammates.

Last Saturday more than 50 former Tigers, some in the NFL such as Carnell Williams Ronnie Brown and Marcus Washington, came back to Auburn and were mingling on the sidelines during the game. Moncrief says while the crowd was surprising to him to begin with, having some of his heroes close by before and after the game was the biggest happening of the day for him and tells him a lot about Tuberville's program at the moment.

"It was a big surprise to me because I thought it would be just like the other scrimmages," Moncrief says. "There were a lot more people there. I saw some of the people that used to play there. That was real neat. I was speechless when I saw most of them. That shows me that Auburn must have been doing something right for all of them to come back."


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