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Recruiting Reset: How we got here

With National Signing Day (Feb. 5) right around the corner, AUC takes you on a walk down memory lane, and shows you the key recruiting-related dates over the past 12 months:

Kalvaraz Bessent joined the Tiger class in December.


2 -- RB Roc Thomas unofficially visits Auburn.

12 -- Auburn offers CB Nick Ruffin.

16 -- RB Kamryn Pettway commits to Florida State.

23 -- Auburn hosts a junior day, and the visitors include, among others, RB Kamryn Pettway, RB Roc Thomas, DE Justin Thornton, LB Tre' Williams. Pettway lands Auburn offer.


3 -- RB Kamryn Pettway flips from Florida State to Auburn during unofficial visit.

31 -- OL Josh Casher commits to Auburn.

Roc Thomas visited Auburn 51 weeks ago.


1 -- Auburn offers TE Chris Laye.

5 -- TE Chris Laye commits to Auburn.

17 -- LB De'Shaun Davis commits to Auburn, the same day he is offered.

20 -- Several Auburn targets attend the team's spring game, including CB Nick Ruffin.

23 -- Auburn LB commit De'Shaun Davis has surgery to repair a partially torn ACL. He would miss his entire senior season.

24 -- Auburn S target Stephen Roberts commits to Alabama.


In April, Stephen Roberts verbaled to the Tide.

4 -- 5-star DE Da'Shawn Hand unofficially visits Auburn. He would later commit to Alabama.

8 -- LB Tre' Williams commits to Auburn.

10 -- Junior college S Derrick Moncrief commits to Auburn three days after getting offered.

12 -- DE Justin Thornton commits to Auburn.

21 -- Junior college WR D'haquille Williams de-commits from LSU.

24 -- Clemson QB commit Deshaun Watson unofficially visits Auburn. Watson at first denies he made the trip, but later admits he was there.

25 -- Auburn hosts its signature recruiting event, "Big Cat Weekend." It is attended by numerous prospects, including RB Roc Thomas and LB Tre' Williams. CB Nick Ruffin and TE Jakell Mitchell commit to the Tigers.


5-star WR D'haquille Williams de-committed from LSU in May.

4 -- RB Roc Thomas unofficially visits Alabama.

5 -- Junior college DT Devaroe Lawrence unofficially visits Auburn for the first time.

9 -- DE Raashed Kennion camps at Auburn and earns offer.

12 -- DE Andrew Williams unofficially visits Auburn.


3 -- QB Sean White named Elite 11 MVP and MVP of The Opening in Oregon.

16 -- QB Sean White commits to Auburn, the same day Auburn offers.

17 -- WR Stanton Truitt commits to Auburn, four days after Tigers offer. The same day, DE Raashed Kennion flips from Cincinnati to Auburn.

Sean White popped onto the Auburn radar in June. A month later, he committed.

19 -- Junior college DT DaVonte Lambert officially visits Auburn.

20 -- WR Myron Burton camps at Auburn, and impresses coach Gus Malzahn.

21 -- WR D'haquille Williams commits to Auburn during the final day of his official visit -- so does DT Devaroe Lawrence.

22 -- OL Josh Casher de-commits from Auburn.


2 -- RB Roc Thomas commits to Auburn during unofficial visit.

13 -- Junior college DT DaVonte Lambert commits to Tennessee over Auburn and Florida.


DaVonte Lambert officialed to Auburn in July, but committed to the Vols the next month.

14 -- Multiple prospects attend the Auburn-Mississippi State game, notably Alabama DB commit Stephen Roberts and uncommitted S Ronnie Clark.


1 -- Auburn offers junior college OL Xavier Dampeer and WR Myron Burton.

4 -- S Ronnie Clark commits to Alabama.

6 -- OL Xavier Dampeer commits to Auburn during official visit.

12 -- WR Myron Burton commits to Auburn.

26 -- OL Josh Casher visits Auburn and attends the Florida Atlantic game.

29 -- OL Josh Casher commits to Alabama.

Auburn picked up OL Xavier Dampeer in October.


16 -- Several prospects attend the Auburn-Georgia game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, notably DE target Andrew Williams and WR Travis Rudolph. Rudolph is on an official visit.

17 -- DT Dalvon Stuckey de-commits from Miami following visit to Auburn.

20 -- S Stephen Roberts flips from Alabama to Auburn. DT Dalvon Stuckey commits to Auburn.

30 -- LB Tre' Williams, RB Roc Thomas, LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama CB commit Kalvaraz Bessent, Vols DT commit DaVonte Lambert, Georgia DT commit Dontavius Russell and 5-star 2015 DT Daron Payne highlight a group of visitors that attend the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Official visitors that weekend include uncommitted 5-star LB Raekwon McMillan, along with DE Raashed Kennion and S Derrick Moncrief, both Tiger commits. Auburn wins 34-28.


1 -- DT Dontavius Russell de-commits from Georgia.

9 -- CB Kalvaraz Bessent flips from Alabama to Auburn.

Dontavius Russell attended the Iron Bowl in November. A month later, he committed to Auburn.

13 -- Early enrollees Chris Laye and Stanton Truitt official to Auburn.

16 -- LB Raekwon McMillan commits to Ohio State.

18 -- Junior College players Xavier Dampeer, DaVonte Lambert, Derrick Moncrief and D'haquille Williams sign with Auburn. Lambert, a 4-star DT, had been a Tennessee commit but flipped to Auburn. Lambert, however, did not have enough credits to enroll in January.

27 -- DT Dontavius Russell commits to Auburn.


2 -- Auburn commits Kalvaraz Bessent, Stephen Roberts, Dontavius Russell, Roc Thomas, Sean White and Tre' Williams compete in the Under Armour All-America Game. White is named MVP for his team after throwing two TD passes. At the game, WR Travis Rudolph commits to Florida State.

4 -- Auburn commit Nick Ruffin competes in U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

8 -- January enrollees Xavier Dampeer, Chris Laye, Derrick Moncrief, Stanton Truitt and D'haquille Williams start at Auburn.

14 -- Auburn LB commit Tre' Williams earns 5th star from 247Sports.

16 -- Auburn OL coach J.B. Grimes travels to Kansas to meet OT target Braden Smith for the first time.

17 -- Auburn hosts several official visitors: CB Kalvaraz Bessent, WR Myron Burton, LB De'Shaun Davis, TE Jakell Mitchell, RB Kamryn Pettway, S Stephen Roberts, CB Nick Ruffin, DT Dontavius Russell, RB Roc Thomas, DE Justin Thornton, QB Sean White and LB Tre' Williams -- all Tiger commits -- along with these targets -- S John Bonney, DT Davon Godchaux, OT Braden Smith and DE Andrew Williams. Auburn DT commit DaVonte Lambert unofficially visits the Tigers.

25 -- 5-star LB Rashaan Evans officials to Auburn, along with 4-star Gamecocks WR commit Shaq Davidson, 4-star FSU QB/ATH Treon Harris and 3-star UCF commit DB Dominick Sanders. Also, Auburn commits Tre' Williams, De'Shaun Davis and Stephen Roberts unofficial to hang out with Evans. DT commit Devaroe Lawrence also makes unofficial.

27 -- DT Dalvon Stuckey de-commits from Auburn.

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