Auburn recruiting capsules
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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KALVARAZ BESSENT

CB, 6-0, 170, St. Mary’s, Ga.

Comment: Playing both ways during his high school, Bessent is a ballhawk, which should serve him well as he vies with numerous others to replace Chris Davis in the Tigers’ starting lineup opposite Jonathon Mincy.

MARKELL BOSTON

S, 6-2, 200, Sharpsburg, Ga.

Comment: A late addition to the class, Boston will come in and give the Tigers’ much-needed depth at safety, where the team lost a pair of seniors in Ryan Smith and Ryan White.

MYRON BURTON

WR, 6-3, 200, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Comment: After moving all over the field during his first three years at Peachtree Ridge High School, Burton settled in at receiver as a senior. Now, he’ll get the chance to take his game to the next level while working alongside receivers coach Dameyune Craig.

XAVIER DAMPEER

C, 6-2, 300, Mendenhall, Miss.

Comment: Already enrolled at Auburn, Dampeer is in an ideal situation. He gets the opportunity to go through the spring with no pressure to start immediately while getting to learn under one of the best centers in college football in Reese Dismukes.

DESHAUN DAVIS

LB, 6-0, 225, Mobile

Comment: He had to miss his entire senior season recovering from an ACL injury, but Davis’ talent is undeniable. His tackling ability will be welcomed.

RAASHED KENNION

DE, 6-6, 230, Jacksonville, Fla.

Comment: Kennion’s length is a distinct advantage, but he will likely need to put on weight (15 to 20 pounds) immediately to have a chance to break into the deep end rotation as a freshman.

DAVONTE LAMBERT

DE, 6-4, 280, Keysville, Ga.

Comment: His ability to play both inside and outside will have Lambert manning the same role Nosa Eguae did in 2013.

DEVAROE LAWRENCE

DT, 6-3, 290, Milledgeville, Ga.

Comment: After just one year of play at Georgia Military College, Lawrence is still raw by SEC standards. He’ll get a year to get up to speed with defensive line coach Rodney Garner and one of the most experienced (and deepest) units on the team.

CHRIS LAYE

TE, 6-5, 240, Cumming, Ga.

Comment: He won’t set the world on fire as a pass-catcher, but the Tigers’ vaunted running game is always looking for able-bodied blockers.

JAKELL MITCHELL

TE, 6-4, 215, Opelika

Comment: Forced to sit out last fall due to a debilitating knee injury, the Tigers could have a sleeper in the multifaceted Mitchell.

DERRICK MONCRIEF

S, 6-3, 225, Perkinston, Miss.

Comment: Built like a tank, Moncrief will bring a dominating physical presence to the secondary. It won’t register as a shock if the early enrollee exits spring practice having nailed down one of the starting safety spots.

KAMRYN PETTWAY

RB, 6-0, 220, Prattville

Comment: Running for more than 1,400 yards (averaging 8.3 yards a carry) and 17 touchdowns last year proves Pettway has the goods. But given the absurd depth the Tigers have in the backfield, don’t be surprised if Pettway takes a redshirt.

STEPHEN ROBERTS

DB, 6-0, 180, Opelika

Comment: Though he’ll start out his Auburn career as a safety, Roberts can move to cornerback at a moment’s notice. He also has the ability to play any spot in the secondary given his top-flight cover skills and excellent footwork.

NICK RUFFIN

CB, 6-0, 180, Duluth, Ga.

Comment: Name a position and it’s likely Ruffin played it at some point in high school. Despite spending the majority of his time at safety last year, shifting to cornerback for the Tigers will be a seamless transition for him.

DONTAVIUS RUSSELL

DT, 6-3, 300, Carrollton, Ga.

Comment: A longtime Georgia commitment, Garner used family ties (he played with Russell’s uncle at Auburn in the 1980s) to flip the four-star prospect and give him another big body to work into the defensive line rotation.

BRADEN SMITH

OL, 6-6, 285, Olathe, Kan.

Comment: The Tigers’ biggest get on signing day, Smith can play multiple positions on the line. And his athleticism is in the genes. His father played football and ran track at Kansas, while his sister throws for TCU’s field team.

RACEAN ‘ROC’ THOMAS

RB, 5-11, 202, Oxford

Comment: One of the crown jewels of the 2014 class, Alabama’s Mr. Football is so good some analysts believe he could step in as a true freshman and replace Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason in the backfield.

JUSTIN THORNTON

DE, 6-6, 230, Prichard

Comment: Much like Kennion, Thornton’s lanky frame is a plus. The question is how much his weight will hold him back from seeing the field in Year One.

STANTON TRUITT

WR, 5-10, 185, Monroe, Ga.

Comment: Truitt was an all-everything quarterback at Monroe Area (Ga.) High last fall. On campus as an early enrollee, all he has to worry about now is how to use his blazing speed as a dangerous receiver in the slot.

SEAN WHITE

QB, 6-2, 200, Boca Raton, Fla.

Comment: The Tigers’ only quarterback commitment this year will see little, if any, playing time in 2014 unless there are injuries.

ANDREW WILLIAMS

DE, 6-4, 250, McDonough, Ga.

Comment: What a doozy of a final signee. Auburn beat out both Clemson and Georgia for the four-star defender, making the Tigers’ robust defensive end unit even more formidable.

D’HAQUILLE WILLIAMS

WR, 6-3, 205, Perkinston, Miss.

Comment: How good is Williams? The gifted junior college transfer has the ability to supplant Sammie Coates as Auburn’s go-to receiver.

TRE WILLIAMS

LB, 6-2, 217, Mobile

Comment: Blessed with the perfect size, speed and skills to play linebacker in Ellis Johnson’s 4-2-5 scheme, Williams will see significant playing time as a freshman — if he doesn’t win a starting job outright, that is.
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