Daquan Newkirk took an indirect route to Auburn.
The soon-to-be junior-college signee joined the Tigers originally as a part of the 2016 class, but had to take a detour at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Newkirk stayed committed to Auburn, and vice versa. He signed Wednesday morning and will be on campus following his official visit to participate in bowl practices.
Here’s all you need to know about Auburn’s lone junior college commitment so far in the Class of 2018:
3-star DL Daquan Newkirk
247Sports composite ranking (JUCO): No. 2 strongside defensive end, No. 7 prospect in Florida, No. 20 overall
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
School: Mississippi Gulf Coast/The First Academy
Weight: 282 pounds
Offers: 19 (out of high school), including Alabama, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Illinois.
Commitment: June 18, 2015 (originally); Sept. 21, 2016 (reaffirmed in junior college)
JUCO season stats: 48 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 pass breakups, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble.
Where he fits at Auburn: If Auburn seeks more depth and versatility in its defensive line group, Newkirk is a great place to start for an immediate option. Newkirk has been out of high school for two years, so his body is more developed than many of his high school counterparts likely to join the class. He’s listed as a strongside defensive end, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him work his way inside for the Tigers. Much like Marlon Davidson and Nick Coe, who were his original classmates in 2016, Newkirk has the ability to play at end or tackle in the Auburn defense. Newkirk is a likely candidate to be one of the first 2018 class members to see the field.
What we’ve written about Daquan Newkirk
- Daquan Newkirk takes roller-coaster journey to Auburn
- How Daquan Newkirk fared in his JUCO games
- Newkirk finally preps to fulfill dream of signing with Auburn
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