Big haul for Auburn on junior college signing day

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AUBURN, Ala. - As signing day for junior college players neared, 5-star wide receiver D'haquille Williams' intentions weren't certain. Williams, the nation's No. 1 overall junior college prospect, committed to Auburn last summer, but LSU had made a major push.

Wednesday, the drama ended. Williams, from Rushton, La., signed a letter-of-intent with Auburn and plans to enroll in January.

A two-time All-American at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Williams was one of three junior college players who signed with the Tigers Wednesday.

Mississippi Gulf Coast safety Derrick Moncrief, from Prattville, and center Xavier Dampeer from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., put their decisions to play for Auburn in writing.

Despite constant double teams, Williams, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, caught 51 passes for 733 yards and nine touchdowns this season. As a freshman, he caught 67 passes for 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns.

"We are very excited that we signed three junior college players today, starting with the No. 1 player," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "He's a dynamic player who can run, catch, do all the things it takes to be a great wide receiver."

Williams chose Auburn, despite the Tigers' reliance on the running game in their drive to the Southeastern Conference championship and the BCS Championship Game.

"If you look back we've had years when we threw it a lot," Malzahn said. "We are going to get more balanced next year. Anytime you have a dynamic player like him coming, that's a good thing."

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