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Auburn secondary loses three players to transfer

Already thin in the secondary, Auburn lost another defensive back Thursday when sophomore Kamryn Melton announced his intentions to transfer via Twitter.

Melton, a three-star prospect coming out of high school, did not play in 2014 after appearing in three games as a freshman in 2013. He becomes the third defensive back to leave the program this offseason, joining former teammates Mackenro Alexander and Kalvaraz Bessent.

First-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp commented on the news prior to a speaking engagement Thursday night.

"Gus [Malzahn] has informed me of that and I wish him well," Muschamp told AL.com. "We think we've signed some good players and have some good players on campus. We're looking forward to those players."

UPDATE: As of Friday afternoon, two more Auburn defensive backs have opted to leave the program and look for options elsewhere.

Safety Derrick Moncrief, a top-ranked junior college transfer in 2014, played in all 13 games in his first season at Auburn and finished with 27 tackles and a forced fumble. However, after moving positions and playing behind a true freshman this spring, he has decided to play his final season elsewhere.

"I came in as the No. 1 safety in the country and things are just not going well there," Moncrief told the Montgomery Advertiser. "But Auburn was a good place, I just want to thank them for everything, for them recruiting me, and I wish them the best of luck."

Cornerback Joe Turner, another junior college player in the 2014 class, is also transferring after not playing a down for the Tigers this past season. He still has two years of eligibility remaining.

"Kamryn, Derrick and Joe have decided to transfer and pursue playing opportunities elsewhere," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "We thank them for their time at Auburn and wish them well in the future."

Auburn is down to nine scholarship players in the secondary.