Auburn reeled in some of the nation's top talent on National Signing Day. Here is what head coach Gus Malzahn had to say about his new signees.
Thomas is the nation's No. 4 RB in the 2014 recruiting class according to 247Sports Composite.
D'haquille Williams Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, Miss.) WR 6-3/213
"He's got unbelievable skills. I got a chance to know him back in his high school days and I really think that he'll have a chance to be an impact player right off of the bat."
Roc Thomas Oxford (Oxford, Ala.) RB 5-11/196
"He was the top running back on our guy's board. Our offensive staff identified him early and they recruited him extremely hard. A key to this class. He was very loyal to us. He could've went anywhere and he chose to not. He stayed with us and we really feel like he has the ability to come in immediately and make an impact."
Tre' Williams St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.) ILB 6-3/237
"Really one of the keys to this class. We really feel like he was the top linebacker in the class. A guy that has been with us, committed to us, had opportunities to go wherever he wanted and he chose to stay loyal and he was really a big key to this signing class. Just a great person with great potential and he'll make an immediate impact."
Braden Smith Olathe South (Olathe, Kan.) OG 6-6/290
"We kind of got on him late when Greg Robinson declared for the draft. Coach (J.B) Grimes did a great job of developing a relationship on a short period of time. Came on a visit and just hit it off -- Auburn's his type of place. He's very athletic and one of the strongest guys in the entire country. He'll fit in very good for us and I think he'll give us the ability to help us early."
Andrew Williams Eagle's Landing Christian (Mcdonough, Ga.) WDE 6-4/247
"We've been recruiting him for a long time. He's a very big, athletic guy that can run and rush the passer. Very physical. Coach (Rodney) Garner did a great job with him. He's also a guy that we feel like can give us some depth from early on."
Nick Ruffin St. Pius X (Atlanta, Ga.) CB 6-0.5/180
"One of the top corners on our board early on and Coach Melvin Smith and Coach Dameyune Craig did a great job of recruiting him. He's long, he's athletic and he's got very good ball skills and high character. We're really excited about Nick."
Justin Thornton Vigor (Mobile, Ala.) WDE 6-5/222
"A big, long defensive end that can rush the passer. Coach Dameyune (Craig) did a great job of recruiting him. We really feel like he'll have a chance to become an impact player."
Kalvaraz Bessent Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) CB 6-0/170
"Very athletic. Coach (Melvin) Smith identified him as one of the top corners early on. He hung in there and kept recruiting him. We really feel like we have a guy that can help us immediately. He's got very good ball skills and he's a very good cover guy."
Stephen Roberts Opelika (Opelika, Ala.) CB 6-0/177
"He's a guy that we identified early that our coaches stayed on. He's a hard-nosed guy. He's a very good tackler. He'll do whatever -- he played quarterback for his high school when they needed somebody. We really feel good about Stephen Roberts."
Sean White University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) PRO 6-2/204
"A guy that Coach (Rhett) Lashlee loved since day one. You're talking about a guy that is just a winner. He won the Elite 11 competition. He was the MVP of the Under Armour Game. He just have the "it" factor. He had a chance to throw for us in the summer. Been committed to us for a long time. A guy that could've taken other trips, could've opened it up and he hung in there with us. We really feel good about Sean."
Dontavius Russell Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.) DT 6-3/300
"He's got family that were Auburn. He's a very big, athletic guy. He's a high-character guy and we're excited about him."
DaVonte Lambert Georgia Military College (Milledgeville, Ga.) SDE 6-3/278
"We really feel like he's got very good pass rushing skills. He can play the run. His motor is extremely high and we're very excited about him."
Kamryn Pettway Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) RB 5-11.5/221
"A big, physical, hard-nosed guy. Really feel like he has great potential. He's a big man and he can run. He's got very good ball skills. He's going to give us a lot of versatility."
Jakell Mitchell Opelika (Opelika, Ala.) TE 6-3/214
"He's going to play our "3-back". He's a guy that we identified when he was a junior. He runs a very similar offense. He can block, catch the ball, he's got running back skills and played a little wildcat as a junior. He hurt his knee and we really feel like the sky is the limit for the guy and he's got great potential.
De'Shaun Davis Vigor (Mobile, Ala.) ILB 6-0/225
"Just a hard-nosed, physical guy that just has a nose for the football. Hurt his knee his senior year and if he would've played the year he would've been very highly-recruited. We really feel great about him and he did a lot of great things for us on the recruiting end of it."
Myron Burton Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) ATH 6-2.5/203
"A guy that came to camp and he really stood out to us. He was in the front of the line. He was a really physical guy. He played with that edge and he's a guy that was on our mind early in the season and Coach (Dameyune) Craig stayed on him and we ended up offering and he committed. We really feel like he's got great potential."
Devaroe Lawrence Georgia Military College (Milledgeville, Ga.) DT 6-3/278
"He's a guy that has a great motor. He's very athletic. He's a very good run stopper and Coach (Rodney) Garner feels like he'd got a lot of potential and we're very excited about him"
Markell Boston East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.) ATH 6-1.5/200
"Very good tackler. A physical guy that we got on fairly late. He got better and better his senior year. We really feel like he will provide some depth for us."
Raashed Kennion First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) WDE 6-6/228
"A very long, athletic guy. Coach (Rodney) Garner had him in camp and offered him and recruited him hard. We really think that he has a lot of great potential moving forward."
Xavier Dampeer Copiah-Lincoln C.C. (Wesson, Miss.) OC 6-4/300
"He's going to provide some depth up front, especially at the center position. He's just a big, strong guy that we feel like can help us.
Chris Laye Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) TE 6-5/240
"We really feel like he has very good ball skills and we really feel like he's going to be an outstanding player."
Derrick Moncrief Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, Miss.) S 6-3/226
"We needed some safety help. He's a big, rangy guy. Very ball skills. Very good tackler. We think he can be an impact."
Stanton Truitt Monroe Area (Monroe, Ga.) ATH 5-10/185
"One of the faster guys that we were recruiting. He's got real speed. Got very good ball skills. He's going to give us a lot of flexibility and also could help us in the return game."
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