Texas Four-Star Prospect Likes Tigers

Houston Klein Forest standout Matt Davis talks Auburn visit and why he likes the Tigers.

Houston, Tex.--Having already visited Auburn one time, four-star junior quarterback Matt Davis was already familiar with the campus and coach Gene Chizik's coaching staff before he arrived on the Plains for Saturday's BCS National Championship Celebration.

What he had not seen was Auburn on a game day and how the normally small town transforms into a football hub to rival anywhere in the country. Saturday Davis got to experience that for the first time and he wasn't disappointed.

"It was amazing," Davis said. "It was by far my best college visit. I love everything about Auburn, the place, the people, my hosts, everything. It's just a big family and like they've said, that's one thing you can't fake is family. It was a great day.

"I got to see some fans and the reverse Tiger Walk," he added. "I could definitely see myself walking down there with the fans. Seeing everything with Cam and how the fans embrace you over there, it's amazing."

A dynamic quarterback prospect, Davis is considered one of the top dual-threat players in the nation for the 2012 class despite recovering from an ACL injury suffered early in his junior year. As a sophomore in 2009, Davis passed for 1,393 yards along with 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,427 yards and 22 touchdowns.

With numbers like those it's not surprising that Davis is looking hard at the Auburn Tigers and coach Gus Malzahn. Showing this season he has the ability to put his quarterback in a position to make plays, Malzahn definitely has made an impression on the speedy signal caller.

"I never really saw coach Malzahn in games," Davis said. "I've heard him when I met with him this summer so I heard a very, very smart man. I didn't get to see it put out in action. I loved everything about it when I went there but when I saw it actually get put into action and into motion it made it two times better. I fell in love with the coaching staff and players when I went there but when I saw their playing style and just that bond that they have it made everything about Auburn so much better."

With offers from all over the country, Davis will have plenty of choices when the time comes to make a decision but right now he has one team solidly on top.

"I haven't really thought about who I'm considering," Davis said. "Auburn is my leader right now for sure but the schools I have offers from are Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, LSU, Georgia, I think I have one from USC, and Notre Dame."

While Texas hasn't normally been a feeding ground for Auburn football recruiting, Chizik's staff has made inroads in the Lone Star State since arriving two years ago and Davis said the head coach is one of the main reasons why he likes the Tigers.

"It's everything," Davis said. "From coach Chizik all the way to the fans. Coach Chizik is a very personable coach. That's one thing I love about him. There are certain coaches you can mesh with…that's one thing with coach Chizik is that we've got a relationship. We clicked on that player-coach level. I really like that about Auburn."

With signing day for the 2011 class coming up on Feb. 2, it won't be long before junior prospects start lining up a place to play in the future as well. Davis said he's already started thinking about that day and is ready to make it a reality.

"I'm graduating early in December so I'm planning to try to get this wrapped up pretty soon," Davis said. "I'm going to try to get my mom to Auburn in the next month or month and a half and then make my decision."


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