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Dec 20, 2012 1:25 PM by Andrew Masuda

Hancock's Artis-Payne signs with Auburn football

Allan Hancock College running back Cameron Artis-Payne signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Auburn on Wednesday, which was the first day of the signing period for junior college football players. He officially earned a chance to fulfill his dream of playing in the Southeastern Conference.

The 5-11, 220 pound sophomore rushed for a state-leading 2,048 yards and 25 touchdowns on 261 attempts in 2011. He was a five-time conference player of the week from the Southern California Football Association.

He finished his career with four Hancock rushing records, including most career rushing yards (3,412) and career rushing touchdowns (43). Artis-Payne was one of, or in some cases, the top rated juco running back in the nation by recruiting websites.

Artis-Payne became the first player to sign at Auburn under new head coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn hired Malzhan earlier this month after he spent one season as the head coach of Arkansas State, leading the squad to a conference title. Prior to that, Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-2011, including in 2011 when the Tigers won the BCS Championship with Cam Newton.

The Tigers are coming off a 3-9 season, where they went 0-8 in SEC play.

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