Weekend Nuggets: D'haquille & more

A lot happened at Auburn over the weekend. Two players committed. Four players made official visits. Dozens of quality prospects attended Tigers camp. And, a few 2015 standouts stopped by.

D'haquille Williams thinks his transition at Auburn will be smooth.

Here are a few notes to chew on today ...

Five-star receiver D'haquille Williams committed to Auburn on Sunday, was around a lot of Tiger players during his official visit over the weekend, and it sounds like they didn't sugarcoat anything.

"Being around Quan Bray, Nick Marshall and the rest of the team was just big," Williams said. "What they're telling me is that you've got to work hard because nothing comes easy in life. And by them telling me that, and coming from the same situation I'm coming from, it's big for me."

Williams, who plays at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. and is the country's No. 1 junior college player, certainly isn't lacking in confidence.

"I know for a fact I'm going to make a big impact," he said. "Not too many people know what I'm capable of, but I'm going to let them know, and it's all business."

Williams thinks he's a perfect fit for the Gus Malzahn offense. At his current school, the team has a fast-paced offense that tries to run plays quickly and wear down a defense. That should make for a smooth transition, he predicted.

"By Coach Malzahn running a no-huddle, I'm already used to that," Williams said. "Coming in, it's not going to be hard to catch on."

Auburn commit Derrick Moncrief, the No. 1-ranked junior college safety, is a teammate of Williams, and that certainly did not hurt the Tigers.

"That's my boy," Williams said. "That's very big. We've been at Mississippi Gulf Coast since I first got there. Webumped heads, but after that he's my backbone now. ... Moncrief has the same mentality I've got. We're ready and we're going to ball."

*Following his official visit to Auburn during the weekend, four-star defensive end DaVonte Lambert of Georgia Military College said Auburn was in his top five. The other schools mentioned: Florida and Tennessee. Curiously, he didn't bring up Georgia, the school 247Sports' Crystal Ball has Lambert picked for by 100 percent of those that have made predictions.

Lambert said he'd like to visit Auburn for a game. But .. he wants to have a commitment before the season starts.

Lambert's teammate, defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence, committed to the Tigers on Sunday. "He loves it man; I'm really fired up [for him]" Lambert said.

*Five-star 2015 prospect Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy (Ala.) is the No. 2 safety for 2015 in the 247Composite, but because Auburn is recruiting him at running back that's what he played Saturday at camp. Johnson is one who likes that type of environment, because of the amount of quality prospects on hand.

"It's great to compete with guys like that," he said. "It really gives you a feel of how you're doing."

Auburn, in case you missed it, is in Johnson's top three with Alabama and Florida State.

*During a Sunday visit to Auburn, 2015 offensive lineman Dallas Warmack of Atlanta (Ga.) Mays got to spend a good bit of time with the man who would be coaching him on the Plains, J.B. Grimes. "He's the one that actually offered me," Warmack said. "We talked about family. If I come here, I'm going to play center. That's where they want me at. I'm 6-1, 295. They said I'd be a perfect center here."

Grimes and Warmack watched Warmack's film together. "He told me all the good things and bad things I did."

Auburn currently is behind Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Warmack's older brother, Chance, played for the Tide, and is now in the NFL.

*Four-star offensive tackle Dontavius Blair, who named Auburn his leader Sunday, is a former teammate of Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall at Garden City C.C. in Kansas. According to Blair, Marshall is "all [the other players] are talking about. They love him."

He added, "I see the big future. I see Nick Marshall, a.k.a Cam Newton."

By the way, if Blair picks Auburn he said he likely would start out at right tackle.

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