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Auburn Recruiting Class 2014

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23 of the nation's top high school and junior college football players have signed to play for Auburn in the Class of 2014, head coach Gus Malzahn announced today.

Kalvaraz Bessent (CB, Camden County HS, St. Mary's, Ga.): Athletic cornerback prospect with outstanding ball skills … 34 tackles, 2 interceptions, 573 all-purpose yards as the Wildcats went 10-2 his senior season … high school coach was Welton Coffee … Under Armour All-America Game … Atlanta Journal Constitution all-state, regional player of year … Rivals No. 12 DB, Top 175 nationally … 247sports No. 11 DB, Top 125 overall … Scout Top 25 DB … ESPN No. 9 CB, No. 66 overall … PrepStar Top 65 nationally … son of Monica Bessent and Timothy Bessent

Markell Boston (S, East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, Ga.): Dual athlete who plays both receiver and safety … tremendous tackler who can cover a lot of ground … Georgia Class Region 3-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior with 105 tackles, four interceptions (two for TD), five PBU, two FF … caught 29 passes and a touchdown as a junior … also a baseball and basketball letterman … high school coach was Clint Wade … Scout Top 175 … PrepStar all-Southeast … son of Tonya Dragg

Myron Burton Jr. (WR, Peachtree Ridge HS, Lawrenceville, Ga.): Second-generation Tiger with versatile skills … had 53 receptions for 673 yards and six scores as a senior … started at four different positions during his prep career: RB, LB, QB, WR … high school coach was Mark Fleetwood … also a baseball letterman … 247sports Top 75 WR … Scout Top 100 WR … PrepStar all-Southeast … son of Angela Burton and Myron Burton Sr. … parents both attended Auburn and father played defensive line for the Tigers in the early 1990s

Xavier Dampeer (OL, Copiah-Lincoln CC, Mendenhall, Miss.): Offensive lineman with quick, strong hands and excellent fee … enrolled at Auburn in January … earned NJCAA all-region and all-state honors in 2013 at Copiah-Lincoln for coach Glenn Davis and offensive line coach Robert McFarland … played defensive tackle as a freshman and center as a sophomore … MACJC most valuable offensive lineman ... selected for MACJC all-star game … 84 tackles, 9 TFL for Coach Danny Peterson at Mendenhall High … placed sixth in shot put at state championship meet … 247sports No. 1 JUCO center, Top 175 overall … Rivals Top 100 JUCO … PrepStar JUCO All-America … son of Shirley Dampeer and the late Anthony Dampeer

Deshaun Davis (LB, Vigor HS, Mobile, Ala.): Defender with great fundamentals and instincts for the ball … missed his senior season with a knee injury … 138 tackles, 15 TFL, 6 forced fumbles as a junior … high school coach was Ashley Johnson … AL.com A-List … all-state and all-region as a sophomore and junior … O-D All-American Bowl; invited to 2014 U-19 International Bowl … also a basketball and baseball letterman … 247sports No. 21 LB … Scout No. 43 LB … PrepStar all-Southeast … son of Constance Jefferson and Kevin Jefferson

Raashed Kennion (DE, First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.): Pass rushing prospect with all the tools … 55 tackles, 6 sacks as a junior … high school coach was Marty Lee … Florida Times-Union all-First Coast honorable mention, Miami Herald all-region … also a basketball letterman … 247sports No. 54 DE … Scout Top 60 DE … PrepStar all-Southeast … son of Kaisha Johnson and Arvin Johnson

DaVonte Lambert (DT, Georgia Military College, Keysville, Ga.): Rated as the No. 1 defensive line prospect in the junior college ranks … recorded 36 tackles, eight sacks and four fumble recoveries in leading Georgia Military to the 2012 NJCAA national championship game … tallied 27 tackles, two sacks and seven TFL as a freshman playing for Coach Bert Williams … attended Burke County (Ga.) High School, where he played for Coach Eric Parker, earning area defensive player of the year honors while leading the Bears to the 2011 Class AAA state championship … shot put state champion and discus runner-up … Augusta Chronicle boys' track and field athlete of the year … 247sports No. 1 JUCO defensive tackle, No. 6 overall … Rivals No. 9 JUCO prospect … PrepStar JUCO All-America … son of Tammy Lambert and grandson of Margie Grant

Devaroe Lawrence (DT, Georgia Military College, Greenville, S.C.): Junior college transfer with three years of eligibility remaining … 20 tackles, 4.5 sacks for Coach Bert Williams helping Georgia Military to the 2012 NJCAA national championship game … played prep football at Carolina High in Greenville, S.C. … high school coach was Mark Hodge … 247sports No. 11 DT, Top 40 JUCO overall … PrepStar JUCO All-America

Chris Laye (TE, Lambert HS, Cumming, Ga.): Four-year varsity starter at tight end … graduated early and enrolled at Auburn in January … seven receptions for 107 yards, 2 TD as a senior at Lambert High … first player in Lambert history to sign with an SEC program … high school coach was Sid Maxwell … 2012 Georgia Junior Bowl … first team all-region, honorable mention all-state … twice member of state champion lacrosse teams … 247sports Top 50 TE … Scout Top 50 TE … PrepStar all-Southeast … son of Brenda Laye

Jakell Mitchell (H-Back, Opelika HS, Opelika, Ala.): Versatile offensive weapon who catches the ball well and gains yards afterward … missed his senior season with a knee injury … had 17 rushing touchdowns and 400 receiving yards as a junior helping the Bulldogs to the Class 6A state title game … high school coach was Brian Blackmon … AL.com A-List, O-A News Super 8 … also a basketball letterman and outstanding long jumper … 247sports No. 17 position ranking … Scout Top 30 … PrepStar Top 10 TE … son of Arlicia Mitchell and Mario Mitchell … father played football at Troy

Derrick Moncrief (S, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, Prattville, Ala.): Physical safety who can cover ground and get to the ball … enrolled at Auburn in January … 66 tackles, 3 interceptions over two seasons for coaches Steve Campbell and Chad Huff … 77 tackles, 4 interceptions as a senior at Prattville High for Coach Jamey DuBose … ASWA Super 12, second team all-state … also a basketball letterman … 247sports No. 1 JUCO safety, No. 11 overall … Rivals No. 16 JUCO prospect … PrepStar JUCO All-America … son of Erica Taylor and Derrick Moncrief

Kamryn Pettway (RB, Prattville HS, Prattville, Ala.): Strong, physical runner who excels in the weight room … rushed for 1,402 yards, 17 TD as a senior … high school coach was Chad Anderson … Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game; invited to 2014 U-19 International Bowl … all-state honorable mention … also a basketball letterman … Rivals top-ranked fullback, Alabama Top 10 … 247sports No. 27 RB … Scout Top 70 RB … ESPN No. 20 RB … PrepStar Top 20 RB … son of Salina Washington and Orlando Pettway

Stephen Roberts (FS, Opelika HS, Opelika, Ala.): Prospect with all the tools … 26 tackles, 14 PBU as a senior; 64 tackles, 11 PBU, 4 interceptions as a junior … helped the Bulldogs to the 2012 state title game … high school coach was Brian Blackmon … Under Armour All-American Game, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … all-state as a junior and senior, AL.com A-List, O-A News Super 8 … also a track and baseball letterman … 247sports No. 10 FS, Top 120 overall … Rivals No. 13 DB, Top 175 nationally … Scout No. 27 DB … ESPN No. 8 DB, Top 70 overall … PrepStar No. 22 DB … son of Phyllis Bryant and Samuel Bryant

Nick Ruffin (CB, St. Pius X HS, Duluth, Ga.): Defender with numerous skills and leadership capabilities … totaled 59 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles for the Golden Lions his senior season earning first team all-state accolades … 67 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles as a junior … high school coach was Paul Standard … U.S. Army All-American Bowl; invited to 2014 U-19 International Bowl … also a track letterman … 247sports No. 8 CB, Top 75 overall … Rivals No. 11 CB, Top 170 nationally … Scout No. 18 DB, Top 200 nationally … ESPN No. 21 DB, Top 150 overall … PrepStar Top 15 athlete … son of Renee Ruffin and Demetrius Ruffin

Dontavius Russell (DT, Carrollton HS, Carrollton, Ga.): Physical defender who will clog up the middle … 62 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3 sacks as a senior earning first team all-state honors … helped the Trojans to the 2013 Class 4A state championship game … high school coach was Rayvan Teague … Under Armour All-America Game … also a track and field letterman … Scout No. 12 DT, Top 150 nationally … 247sports No. 12 DT, Top 150 overall … Rivals No. 13 DT, Top 200 nationally … ESPN No. 14 DT, Top 200 overall … PrepStar Top 20 DT … son of Latrice Russell and Donald Russell

Braden Smith (OL, Olathe South HS, Olathe, Kansas): Physically impressive lineman who excels in the weight room and at the line of scrimmage … 82 pancake blocks on offense, 59 tackles on defense as a two-way starter his senior season … two-year Buck Buchanan Award finalist (Kansas City metro outstanding lineman) … high school coach was Jeff Gourley … KFBCA Top 11, all-state, all-Midlands, three years all-Sunflower League on both sides of the football … Kansas state shot put and discus champion … Scout No. 1 OG … Rivals No. 3 OL, Top 50 nationally … 247sports No. 7 OG, Top 125 nationally … ESPN No. 9 OL, Top 130 overall … MaxPreps All-America … son of Jane Smith and David Smith … father played football and ran track at Kansas … sister Megan is a thrower at TCU

Roc Thomas (RB, Oxford HS, Anniston, Ala.): Nation's most dynamic runner … can beat defenders with quickness and power … ASWA Mr. Football and Gatorade Alabama player of the year, rushing for 2,211 yards, 32 TD and averaging 9.8 yards per carry as a senior … high school coach was Ryan Herring … Under Armour All-America Game, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … twice first team all-state, AL.com A-List … also a track and basketball letterman … Parade All-America honorable mention selection … Rivals No. 2 RB, Top 12 nationally … Scout No. 3 RB, No. 14 overall … 247sports No. 4 RB, No. 23 overall … ESPN No. 5 RB, Top 30 overall … PrepStar Top 10 RB, Top 60 nationally … MaxPreps All-America … son of Iona Turner and Frank Thomas

Justin Thornton (DE, Vigor HS, Prichard, Ala.): Long and lean rush end with active hands … recorded 56 tackles, 17 TFL, 8 sacks as a senior … high school coach was Ashley Johnson … O-D All-American Bowl, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … AL.com A-List, Coastal Alabama all-region … 247sports No. 5 DE, Top 120 overall … Rivals No. 9 DE, Top 130 nationally … Scout No. 17 DE, Top 150 nationally … ESPN No. 15 DE, Top 160 overall … PrepStar Top 15 DE … son of Zandra Thornton

Stanton Truitt (WR, Monroe Area HS, Monroe, Ga.): Versatile offensive prospect with a number of skills … graduated early and enrolled at Auburn in January … rushed for 1,551 yards, 24 TD at QB for the 11-1 Purple Hurricanes … high school coach was Matt Fligg … Region 8 and Monroe Area athlete of the year, all-state honorable mention … member of state champion 4x100 relay team … Rivals No. 16 WR … 247sports No. 17 WR … Scout Top 70 WR … ESPN No. 24 WR, Top 200 overall … PrepStar Top 20 athlete … son of Stan Truitt

Sean White (QB, University School at Nova South, Boca Raton, Fla.): Talented signal caller with a strong arm and great accuracy in the passing game … passed for 2,239 yards, 29 TD his senior year for the 10-3 University School at Nova South … high school coach was Roger Harriott … Under Armour All-American Game MVP… Elite 11 camp MVP, first team all-Broward, Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 … Rivals No. 4 QB, Top 115 nationally … 247sports No. 6 QB, Top 100 overall … Scout Top 25 QB … ESPN No. 2 QB, Top 50 overall … PrepStar all-Southeast … son of Leah White and Don White

Andrew Williams (DE, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.): Big-bodied pass rusher with strong work ethic … 66 tackles, 36 TFL, 10 sacks as a senior … helped ELCA to the 2012 state title and a state semifinal berth in 2013 … high school coach was Jonathan Gess … O-D All-American Bowl … also a basketball letterman … Rivals No. 12 DE … 247sports No. 12 DE … Scout Top 30 DE … son of Kelly Williams and Tyrone Williams … older brother Anthony plays at Georgia Tech

Tre' Williams (LB, St. Paul's Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala.): Instinctive athlete who can play sideline to sideline … St. Paul's career tackle leader; 119 tackles as a senior … all-state, all-region as a junior and senior … high school coach was Steve Mask … Under Armour All-American Game, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … Mobile Press-Register Male Athlete of the Year, Coastal Alabama defensive player of the year, AL.com A-List … shot put state champion as a junior and a basketball letterman … Parade All-America honorable mention selection … 247sports No. 1 LB, No. 22 overall … Rivals No. 2 LB, Top 25 nationally … Scout No. 2 LB, No. 33 overall … ESPN No. 4 LB, Top 70 overall … PrepStar No. 20 LB … MaxPreps All-America … son of Charleste Vaughn

D'haquille Williams (WR, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, LaPlace, La.): Experienced receiver with tremendous size and leaping ability … enrolled at Auburn in January … NJCAA honorable mention All-America in 2013, catching 51 passes for 733 yards and 9 scores … 2012 NJCAA All-American with 67 catches for 1,295 yards and 17 TD as a freshman for coaches Steve Campbell and Chad Huff … all-region and all-state honoree, CFA preseason all-JUCO … played for coaches Ronald Barrilleaux and Larry Dauterive at East St. John High earning first team all-state honors both years he played high school football … 1,495 yards, 25 TD as a senior … 247sports No. 1 JUCO receiver … Rivals No. 1 JUCO prospect … PrepStar JUCO All-America

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