D'haquille Williams, the No. 1 junior college prospect in the nation, signed with Auburn at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday, the first day mid-year JUCO transfers can sign with four-year schools.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College wide receiver committed to the Tigers in July, but still had his hometown college LSU in mind the last few weeks. The sophomore was a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American as a freshman in 2012 and an honorable mention in 2013. In 2013, the 6-foot-3, 213-pound receiver had 51 receptions for 733 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games.
Williams' teammate, linebacker Derrick Moncrief, and Copiah-Lincoln offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer also signed with Auburn.
"On another note, I am very excited that we signed three junior college players today," head coach Gus Malzahn said to the media in the BCS National Championship Game preview. "It starts with the No. 1 player in junior college in D'haquille Williams, a wide receiver from Gulf Coast Community College. He is a dynamic player that can run, catch and do all of the things it takes to be a great receiver. Offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer from Copiah-Lincoln has the ability to play center and guard. He is a big strong kid. Derrick Moncrief from Gulf Coast Community College is a big guy that can tackle and has good cover skills."