Live updates: The latest from Auburn on signing day

Feb. 5, 2014

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The Big Board in Auburn's recruiting war room (Lauren Barnard photo)

AUBURN, Ala. - Who has signed? Who will sign? What do Auburn's coaches have to say about it?

Senior Writers Phillip Marshall and Charles Goldberg will provide first-hand updates throughout the day from the Auburn recruiting war room.

Check back early and often.

11 a.m.: A flurry of activity highlighted late-morning signees for Auburn.

Offensive lineman Braden Smith, linebacker Deshaun Davis  and safety Markell Boston sent in their faxes.

Smith is consider the No. 1 guard in the nation by Scout. He's a big prospect at 6-foot-6, 285.

Here's more on Smith.  

Davis is a 6-0, 225 linebacker from Vigor in Mobile. He missed his senior season with a knee injury. He had 138 tackles as a junior.

"I think he's going to surprise a lot of people. He'll play a lot of football," said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.

Boston is a  6-2, 200 safety from Sharpsburg, Ga.

"He has ball skills. I love his size. I love his intellect," said DB coach Charlie Harbison. "He can do a lot of things. I think he'll be a special player for us."

9:44 a.m.: Deep snapper Ike Powell is on board as preferred walk-on. He'll have a chance to earn a scholarship. He's 6-3, 225 from Tift County in Chula, Ga.

9:15 a.m.: Defensive tackle Dontravius Russell is on board. He's 6-3, 300 and he's from Carrollton, Ga.

"He's just explosive," said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.

He had 62 tackles last season. Rated as high as the No. 12 defensive tackle in the country.

8:55 a.m.: Oxford's Roc Thomas, one of the nation's top running back prospects, has signed with Auburn. Thomas turned back intense late pressure from Alabama and stuck with his commitment.

"That's huge," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, "huge."

RB coach Tim Horton on Thomas: "He’s really an impressive player, as impressive as any I’ve seen coming out. He has great speed and quickness and vision. He can accelerate. We are looking forward to getting him here."

Here's a story on Auburn's newest running backs.

8:23 a.m.: Tre Williams, widely considered one of the nation's top linebacker prospects, has signed with Auburn. Williams, 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, is a two-time All-State performer. Here's his story.

8:20 a.m.: Myron Burton Jr, a 6-0, 180-pound wide receier from Peachtree Ridge in Lawrenceville, Ga., has signed with Auburn. Burton was not as highly rated as some Auburn recruits, but he got an early Auburn offer.

8:05 a.m.: Devaroe Lawrence, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from Georgia Military College, is Auburn's 10th signee and second defensive lineman from Georgia Military, joining DaVonte Lambert.

7:55 a.m.: A pair of Opelika High School stars have signed with Aubur. Safety Stephen Roberts, a former Alabama commitment, and H-back Jakell Mitchell signed early Wednesday morning.

Safeties coach Melvin Smith on Roberts: "I love his ball skills. He played offense and defense. He has man cover skills in the safety position."

HB/TE coach Scott Fountain on Mitchell: "In high school, the last time I saw him play before he got hurt, he did everything we do."

Mitchell missed his senior season after suffering a knee injury and undergoing surgery last summer.

Here is their story.

7:46 a.m.: Running back Kamryn Pettway has signed. He's 6-0, 220 from Prattville.

He rushed for 1,402 yards and 17 touchdowns last season before playing in a couple of all-star games. Rivals ranked him as the top fullback in the nation. 

"You are going to see a big, strong, physical, north-south downhill runner," says running backs coach Tim Horton. "He can do a lot of things, which is catch the football out of the backfield or block or do what he does best and run the football."

7:40 a.m.: Defensive end Justin Thornton is in, all 6-foot-5, 230 pounds of him. He's from Vigor High in Prichard.

He had 56 tackles, including 17 for a loss last season. Rivals said he's the No. 9 defensive end in the country.

"He has some versatility," says defensive coordiantor Ellis Johnson. "He can play on the edge early and move inside. It looks like he's going to weigh 300 pounds."

-- Charles Goldberg

7:15 a.m.: Nick Ruffin, a 6-0, 180-pound cornerback from St. Pius X in Dulth, Ga., has signed with Auburn. Ruffin, an early Auburn commitment, is considered one of the top prospects in the South.

Here's what CB coach Melvin Smith says about him: "To me, he's one of the most critical guys in the class. He was a guy everybody wanted, but he chose us before we did anything.

-- Phillip Marshall

7:10 a.m.: DeVonte Lambert, a 6-foot-4, a 280-pound defensive tackle from Georgia Military College, is Auburn's fourth signee.

He is projected as an early contributor.

-- Phillip Marshall

6:50 a.m.: Sean White has signed. He'll be the only quarterback in Auburn's 2014 signing class. He's a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Boca Raton, Fla. 

Why did Auburn like him? He passed for 2,239 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. Auburn says he has "strength and finesse."

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says: "The bottom line is all he does is win and prove people wrong. He was the last guy let into the Elite 11 and he goes and wins it. He was the last quarterback let into the Under Armour game and he goes and wins the MVP."

-- Charles Goldberg

6:42 a.m.: Gus Malzahn tweeted: Second as arrived. Welcome Raashed Kennion to the family!

Kennion is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end from First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He has potential to be a big-time pass rusher. Also plays basketball.

-- Charles Goldberg

6:35 a.m.: Cornerback Kalvarez Bessent, 6-0 and 170 pounds from Camden County High School in St. Mary's, Ga., is Auburn's first signee of 2014.

-- Phillip Marshall

5:50 a.m.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has arrived in his office. Other assistants are on hand, too. The fax machine will begin working overtime soon. Prospects can sign letters-of-intent at 7 a.m. local time.

--Phillip Marshall