Catching Up With 2012 Prospect T.J. Davis

Auburn cornerback commitment T.J. Davis talks about his relationship with Ted Roof, other Auburn coaches and players, his senior season and much more.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Cornerback T.J. Davis of Godby High School in Tallahassee committed to Auburn just before the start of his senior season on August 23rd. Since then he has become close with several members of the Auburn coaching staff.

One of those coaches was Ted Roof, the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach who accepted the defensive coordinator job at the University of Central Florida on Thursday.

"We were pretty close," Davis said of his relationship with the former Auburn coach. "We talked just about every other week just talking about football, talking about how Auburn's doing, how he's doing and all of that."

Davis' primary recruiter is running backs coach Curtis Luper, but he said that he calls several Auburn coaches on a frequent basis.

"I talk with Coach Chizik (head coach Gene Chizik) almost every day on facebook, and I call him from time to time," Davis explained. "My DB coach, Coach Lolley (cornerback coach Phillip Lolley), I talk to him just about every morning. I call him sometimes in the morning before I go to school. Coach (Tommy) Thigpen, the safeties coach, I talk to him, too. Especially (receivers coach) Trooper Taylor, I'm always talking with him."

Davis said he was surprised to see Roof go, but added that Auburn will get things turned around on the defensive side of the ball.

"I think we'll make it happen," he explained. "We've got pretty good guys now on defense, and we've got a pretty good recruiting class for 2012 of defensive guys. We're in the SEC so you've got to be on top of your game, but I think we're going to be all right."

Living about four hours from Auburn, Davis visited the campus several times before making his commitment, and he became close with the coaching staff.

"I went on a few visits there unofficially and for the national championship celebration," he explained when asked why he committed to Auburn. "Overall it just felt like home. Auburn is like Tallahassee a lot. When I went up there I felt like I was still in Tallahassee so it just felt good up there.

"Just knowing that the coaches are behind you 100 percent, and there's a family and stuff," Davis added about his decision to attend Auburn. "The playing time looked good. We've got young guys there so I won't get there and be left out after a year. I can learn some stuff, and get better all the way around. The coaching definitely--Coach Chizik being a great head coach, and Coach Lolley. They were just all-around superb visits."

Davis took his official visit to Auburn the weekend of the Florida game this season.

"I was just ready to play in it," he said. "I wish I had been suited up that day. Just the way the entire team was praying, how they ran on the field and how the game went. I was just ready to play."

Davis took an unofficial visit to Auburn for the Ole Miss game this season. He also visited for a camp last summer.

"I went to one of the camps, but I didn't camp because I had a partially torn hamstring from track," he explained. "I went and sat around and watched how Coach Lolley coached the DBs and stuff like that."

Davis is one of three cornerbacks out of 16 current commitments for Auburn.

"I talk to (quarterback) Zeke Pike from time to time to time," Davis said. "Me, Jonathan Jones and Joshua Holsey chat it up on facebook."

Jones and Holsey, the other two cornerbacks, are considered two of the fastest players in the state of Georgia. Davis, who is 6-1 and 180 pounds, said that he could give them a run for their money as his last 40-yard dash was clocked at 4.39 seconds.

"I think we're going to be a strong group," Davis said of the three incoming corners. "I've watched their highlight tapes. They've got some skills, and I know I'm going to bring my best to the plate soo I think we're going to be pretty good."

Davis isn't just a football star in high school.

"I also run track at Godby," he said. "I run the 110 hurdles, and I got second in the nation. I pulled my hamstring at state so I didn't finish."

As a senior Davis plans on running the 110 hurdles and the 4x100 relay.

T.J. Davis

Godby's football team started the season 8-0, and the defense didn't allow a team to score double digits until the eighth game of the season. However, in game nine Godby lost the region championship at Wakulla 24-21.

The following week Godby lost to cross-town rival Lincoln 35-21. In the second round of the 5A playoffs Wakulla had the Cougars' number again, this time by the score of 20-14.

"Overall it's always disappointing to lose in the second round," Davis noted. "We hoped and we thought we were going to go way deeper in the state and actually win it, but Wakulla had a pretty good team this year. Overall we had a pretty good season."

Asked how he performed individually, Davis responded, "I think I did well. I think I had three balls caught on me the whole season. There's always room for improvement, but overall it was all right. I had four or five picks, and I don't know how many tackles."

Asked what his best qualities are as a football player, Davis said, "I'm physical, and I'd say being able to come out of my breaks, and my instincts."

As far as Auburn's football season, Davis said that he never wavered in his commitment even though the Tigers had several blowout losses to rivals.

"Before I committed Coach Luper told me they were young, and that they had a lot of learning to do this year, and that they were going to be in some tough matchups," Davis said. "I already knew that. Overall I pretty much knew what they were coming into."

Davis added that he's not interesting in visiting any other schools between now and Signing Day.

"It's just AU all the way."

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