Blocking transfers to specific schools is commonplace in big time intercollegiate athletics. Student-athletes speaking out in disagreement with some of those restrictions is becoming more common also.
Former Auburn safety Derrick Moncrief took issue with one such limitation. It wasn’t the one that barred him from jumping to another SEC team, or the one that barred him from transferring to future Auburn opponents Louisville and Clemson. It was the one that said Michigan couldn’t be an option.
“We’re going to try to fight it because it’s not fair,” Moncrief told The Michigan Insider earlier. “I’ve got to do what I’ve to do. It’s not a fair situation.”
“I’ve got to get with my parents and we’ll see what’s going on with it.”
A few hours into his inquiry was all it took.
“Got the release to Michigan,” Moncrief texted The Michigan Insider moments ago.
That opens the door for Moncrief to explore the Maize & Blue as an option.
The former Prattville (Ala.) standout originally committed to Southern Mississippi before having to go the junior college route out of high school. The 6-2, 221-pounder spent two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he became a standout.
"In high school he had a lot of big hits," former Prattville coach Jamie Dubose told Scout after Moncrief’s commitment to Auburn. "He was a guy at the time that had great size and height, but needed to put on some weight and get thicker. I knew college would do that to him.”
"Once going to juco and going to the good program he went to at Gulf Coast he has now developed into a big-time player. He's a kid that I think can be a Sunday player in the NFL at safety.”
"He has great instincts for the ball. When quarterbacks are making reads Derrick just has that ability to read eyes well and has deceiving speed with long arms. Now he's put on the size to be able to play in the SEC.
Moncrief played in all 13 games in his only year at Auburn, registering 27 tackles, one pass break-up, and one forced fumble.
He will have to sit out next season as a transfer before finishing out his eligibility the following year.
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