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Next wave: Auburn verbal commit Marlon Davidson unblockable in win over Booker T Washington

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.

Greenville defensive lineman Marlon Davidson didn’t take a night off to celebrate.

Hours after verbally committing to Auburn, the senior had 10 tackles, eight for loss, and three sacks in a 42-14 win over Booker T Washington.

If Davidson’s decision holds it will give the Tigers the top rated defensive line prospect for the second straight year.

The 6-foot-4, 256-pounder picked Auburn over offers from power five schools including Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Florida St., Michigan and LSU.

“He’s focused.  He had one of his best games Friday night, and I think he probably feels relieved more than anything,” head coach Josh McLendon told the Greenville Advocate.

The First Academy Daquan Newkirk continues to impress with his performance at running back.

For the third straight week, the senior has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his teams first three games, and eight touchdowns.

He ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries in a 28-14 win over Foundation Academy. On the year, he is averaging a ridiculous 16 yards per carry.

Auburn is looking at bringing Newkirk in at linebacker, but the 6-foo-3, 260-pounder is showing his ability to make an impact wherever he ends up in college.

West Orange quarterback Woody Barrett made quick work of Winter Park Friday night in a 42-14 win that moved his team to 2-0.

The senior continues to show why he is a perfect fit for Gus Malzahn’s system as he had 100-plus rushing yards and two touchdowns by halftime.

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+

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