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Auburn football signs pair of JUCO transfers, receives financial aid agreements from key recruits

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.comCentral High School cornerback John Broussard, at podium, received a big honor Tuesday morning when he received his jersey for the 2016 Under Armour All-American game in a presentation in front of family, teammates and friends inside Central High School's auditorium. Looking on is Central head football coach Jamey DuBose. 10/13/15
Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.comCentral High School cornerback John Broussard, at podium, received a big honor Tuesday morning when he received his jersey for the 2016 Under Armour All-American game in a presentation in front of family, teammates and friends inside Central High School's auditorium. Looking on is Central head football coach Jamey DuBose. 10/13/15 mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn pointed to encouraging signs on the recruiting trail in defending the future of his program last week.

The news he received Wednesday will only fuel his belief the Tigers are a team on the rise. 

Junior college transfers Paul James III and John Franklin signed letters of intent while a handful of high school seniors signed financial aid agreements to turn their verbal commitments into official ones.

James III is a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end out of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. His career started out in the Big Ten with Illinois, but he announced plans to transfer in early August.   

He had 47 tackles and 14 sacks to earn NJCAA First-Team All-American honors in his lone season with Copiah-Lincoln.

Franklin is the much talked about dual threat quarterback who verbally committed to Auburn in November.

The former Florida State quarterback split time on a talented East Mississippi Community College team this year. He had more than 1,100 yards of offense and 16 touchdowns.

He’s expected to compete for the starting job with Jeremy Johnson and Sean White in the spring.

High school players that locked in their decisions Wednesday included Greenville defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, Central defensive back John Broussard, Spanish Fort linebacker Tre Threat and Calhoun tight end Landon Rice.

Madison Academy running back Malik Miller signed a financial aid agreement earlier in the week.

Davidson and Broussard are the key names on the list as both players were evaluating their options in the wake of Will Muschamp’s departure. Mississippi State pushed hard to get Broussard to reconsider his decision in recent days.

He ended speculation by tweeting out a picture of the signed agreement Wednesday afternoon with the message, “I will be enrolling to Auburn University! WDE"

 

I will be enrolling to Auburn University ! WDE pic.twitter.com/kKtCnsYpmm

— Brou Brou ™ (@_Legit_2) December 16, 2015

Broussard wasn't the only athlete to take to social media with their news. 

 

Just finished signing my scholarship papers! It's a done deal

— Hollywood4⃣2⃣ (@t_threat36) December 16, 2015
 

It's official!!! I'm officially an Auburn Tiger!!! #WDE #NSD pic.twitter.com/L1drjDHdH0

— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) December 16, 2015
 

I Am Proud To Be A Auburn Tiger #Official #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/C1bffy9zpp

— Marlon Davidson (@marlondavidson7) December 16, 2015

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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