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Next wave: Auburn verbal commit Daquan Newkirk nearly untouchable in season-opener

Michael Niziolek


Note: The Next Wave column will run weekly throughout the season as we take at the top performances each week from high school players verbally committed to Auburn.

Auburn is bringing in Daquan Newkirk on the defensive side of the ball, but the 3-star recruit put on an impressive display at running back in his team’s season-opener last weekend.

Newkirk ran for 228 yards on only eight carries, four of which went for touchdowns, for a robust average of 28-plus yards per carry in The First Academy’s 42-24 win over Calvary Christian.

The video highlights of his performance run nearly three minutes long, and feature one Madden-esque play after another including a clip of him stiff-arming an opposing defender face first into the ground on his way to the end zone.

Calvary Christian only tackled Newkirk three times the entire game. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder still managed to gain five extra yards on one of the plays he was brought to the ground by dragging a pair of defenders on his back.

Newkirk committed to Auburn on a visit during June, and had 15 scholarship offers including ones from Alabama, Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Illinois.

Quick Hits

* Four-star Auburn commit Malik Miller also had a strong performance out of the backfield in three-time defending state champion Madison Academy’s 19-14 win over Leeds.

According to AL.com, Fuller ran the ball 24 times for 146 yards with a touchdown in the Champions Challenge at Cramton Bown in Montgomery. He also caught a pass out of the backfield for 26 yards.

The 5-foot-11, 217-pound athlete committed in June with offers from Tigers’ SEC rivals Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia.

* Quarterback Woody Barrett threw a pair of touchdown runs, 17 and 34 yards, in West Orange’s opener in Florida against Osceloa. Barrett put his team up 13-0, but the game ended in a 28-28 tie. The was delayed more than 50 minutes due to lightning.

* Spanish Fort linebacker Tre Threat, a 4-star Auburn verbal commit, helped his team hold on to beat D’Iberville 42-24. Threat helped contain 3-star quarterback prospect Jaquelle Green.

Green, who has offers from Alabama and LSU, had more than 200 yards of total offense, but according to AL.com struggled in the second half.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+