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Auburn football: Tigers add Tennessee decommit Torrence to bolster cornerback depth

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An Auburn Tigers cheerleader waves a flag against the Washington Huskies in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 1, 2018. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn just got back some of the cornerback depth it lost when Kamal Hadden and Marco Domio entered the transfer portal last month.

Roterius Torrence, the No. 5 junior college cornerback in the 2021 class, announced his commitment to the Tigers on Sunday — less than a week after he backed off a pledge to Tennessee.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound cornerback from Bessemer spent the past two seasons at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, where he totaled 28 tackles, three tackles for loss, six pass breakups and an interception in 11 games. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Torrence is the eighth defensive back Auburn has added this offseason, joining transfers Dreshun Miller, Bydarrius Knighten and Donovan Kaufman as well as freshmen Ahmari Harvey, Juwon Gaston, Cayden Bridges and A.D. Diamond.

There may not be much room for Torrence to make an immediate impact with Miller and returning starters Roger McCreary, Jaylin Simpson and Nehemiah Pritchett at the top of the depth chart, but all of those players will be draft-eligible following the 2021 season.

And Torrence was a standout in the junior college ranks. He was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Defensive Player of the Year after allowing only one pass to be completed while he was in coverage last season, which Hutchinson capped with a national championship.

That one pass was caught by the KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year.