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August 2, 2013

Five-star in-state RB Racean Thomas commits to Auburn

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn was able to keep one of the best players in Alabama inside the state’s borders.

“Officially committed to the … Auburn Tigers,” Racean Thomas tweeted from his personal Twitter account on Friday. The 2014 running back prospect is one of the most highly-touted players in his class. Scout gave Thomas a five-star rating, while both Rivals and 247Sports awarded him four stars. All three sites have him among the top-10 running back prospects in 2014.

Thomas ran for 1,768 yards and 24 touchdowns last year along with nearly 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

The 5-foot-11, 198-pound running back becomes the 14th commitment of the Tigers’ 2014 recruiting class.

AUBURN CLASS OF 2014 COMMITS

  • Deshaun Davis, LB (Vigor High School, Prichard, Ala.)
  • Raashed Kennion, DE (First Coast High School, Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • Devaroe Lawrence, DT (Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Ga.)
  • Chris Laye, TE (Lambert High School, Suwanee, Ga.)
  • Jakell Mitchell, TE (Opelika High School, Opelika, Ala.)
  • Derrick Moncrief, S (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Miss.)
  • Kamryn Pettway, RB (Prattville High School, Prattville, Ala.)
  • Nick Ruffin, CB (St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA)
  • Racean Thomas, RB (Oxford High School, Oxford, Ala.)
  • Justin Thornton, DE (Vigor High School, Prichard, Ala.)
  • Stanton Truitt, ATH (Monroe Area High School, Monroe, Ga.)
  • Sean White, QB (University School, Miami, Fla.)
  • D’haquille Williams, WR (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Miss.)
  • Tre Williams, LB (St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala.)

July 29, 2013

CLASS CHECK-IN: Auburn’s 2014 recruiting class (so far)

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

AUBURN, Ala. — It’s been a week since Auburn added any new commits to its 2014 recruiting class. Within moments of each other on July 21, the Tigers got pledges from a pair of junior college prospects in reciever D’haquille Williams and defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence.

That being said, this lull in the action gives the War Eagle Extra blog time to update the 13 commitments the Tigers have received up to this point from Class of 2014 prospects. (It was once at 14, but Mobile offensive lineman Joshua Casher decommitted last week to give himself more time to decide. According to Steve Mask, his head coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Auburn is still in the running to sign Casher. It just means Casher is now looking at Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Ole Miss as well.)

This doesn’t mean I’ll be breaking any news of commitments or decommitments — that will happen rarely, if ever. That’s the specialty of the folks over at Rivals, Scout and 247. However, each time a new player declares that he’s “going to be an Auburn Tiger,” it will be posted here, with each article including a running tally of those already committed at the bottom.

AUBURN CLASS OF 2014 COMMITS

  • Deshaun Davis, LB (Vigor High School, Prichard, Ala.)
  • Raashed Kennion, DE (First Coast High School, Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • Devaroe Lawrence, DT (Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Ga.)
  • Chris Laye, TE (Lambert High School, Suwanee, Ga.)
  • Jakell Mitchell, TE (Opelika High School, Opelika, Ala.)
  • Derrick Moncrief, S (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Miss.)
  • Kamryn Pettway, RB (Prattville High School, Prattville, Ala.)
  • Nick Ruffin, CB (St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA)
  • Justin Thornton, DE (Vigor High School, Prichard, Ala.)
  • Stanton Truitt, ATH (Monroe Area High School, Monroe, Ga.)
  • Sean White, QB (University School, Miami, Fla.)
  • D’haquille Williams, WR (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Miss.)
  • Tre Williams, LB (St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala.)

July 22, 2013

Tigers add two more commits for 2014 recruiting class

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

Chalk up Sunday as another busy day on the recruiting trail for Auburn.

The Tigers got two more pledges for its 2014 recruiting class almost simultaneously on Sunday, getting commitments from wide receiver D’haquille Williams and defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence. Their commitments were first reported by the three major recruiting sites (Rivals, Scout and 247) that cover Auburn.

Williams is a huge get for the Tigers, since he’s widely considered the top junior college wideout in the country. Last year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Williams reeled in 67 receptions for 1,295 yards with 17 touchdowns. Though he committed to LSU in May, he reneged on that decision shortly after. He announced his commitment to the Tigers while on his official visit this weekend. Williams is set to join his teammate and friend from Mississippi Gulf Coast, safety Derrick Moncrief, who committed to Auburn this spring.

The Tigers’ other pick-up on Sunday comes from Georgia Military College. Very little is known about Lawrence, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle. He redshirted at GMC last season after joining the team late in the fall, but with five seniors on Auburn’s defensive line set to graduate at the end of this season, Lawrence could potentially figure into the rotation on the Tigers’ 2014 defensive line immediately.

With Williams’ and Lawrence’s commits, Auburn now has 14 players pledged for its 2014 recruiting class.

July 17, 2013

Auburn snags third commit in two days with DE Raashed Kennion flipping from Cincinnati

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

HOOVER, Ala. — While most people who follow Auburn had their eyes trained on the Tigers’ appearance at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, yet another recruit committed to the team.

Raashed Kennion, a three-star prospect defensive end from Jacksonville, Fla., flipped his commitment from Cincinnati — and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville — to the Tigers, making the announcement on his personal Twitter account.

“To all my Auburn fans thank you for the greetings,” he tweeted. “I already feel the love. I’m too excited right now lol.!!! #WarEagle #Auburn.”

Kennion plays at First Coast High School, where he tallied 54 tackles and six sacks as a junior last season. The rangy, 6-foot-7, 220-pound defensive end  joined athlete Stanton Truitt, who also pledged to the Tigers on Wednesday, as well as quarterback Sean White, who committed to Auburn on Tuesday.

Auburn now has 12 commits in its 2014 recruiting class.

Auburn picks up commitment from Class of 2014 athlete Stanton Truitt

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

For the second straight day, Auburn added a prospect to its 2014 recruiting class. On Tuesday, quarterback Sean White pledged his commitment to the Tigers via Twitter. On Wednesday, athlete Stanton Truitt of Monroe, Ga., did the same.

“I have officially committed to Auburn University!!!” he tweeted.

Truitt ran for 1,448 yards and scored 28 total touchdowns and threw for another 812 yards en route to winning the Region 8-AAAA Athlete of the year award at Monroe Area High School last season. He projects to play as a receiver and wildcat quarterback in Tigers coach Gus Malzahn’s offensive scheme. Truitt is a 3-star prospect according to 247sports.com, and grades out at 0.8755 in the 247 Composite ranking. According to Rivals.com’s Justin Hokanson, Truitt has a 3.3 GPA and plans to graduate early to be able to enroll at Auburn in January.

With Truitt’s pledge, the Tigers now have 11 players committed for 2014.

July 16, 2013

Tigers get commitment from Elite 11 QB Sean White for 2014 class

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

HOOVER, Ala. — Though Auburn is still a day away from making its appearance at the Wynfrey Hotel for Day 2 of the SEC Media Days, the Tigers made some news on Tuesday when they picked up therir first quarterback commit for the 2014 recruiting class. Like many others seem to do in these days of social media, Sean White announced the news himself on his personal Twitter account.

“”I have just committed to Auburn University! WAR EAGLE!!!!!” White tweeted.

White, who plays for University School in Hollywood, Fla., was an Elite 11 camp participant, winning MVP honors at the annual quarterback gathering. He passed for 3,348 yards and 40 touchdowns (against six interceptions) as a junior. He put up those stats playing at Chaminade-Madonna, a college preparatory school also located in Hollywood, last season. White, a pro-style quarterback considered a three-star prospect by most, is known for his accuracy after completing on 69.3 percent (183-for-264) of his attempts last year.

White became the 10th pledge of Auburn’s 2014 recruiting class. Class of 2015 quarterback prospect Tyler Queen of Kennesaw, Ga., gave his commitment to the Tigers last week.