Linebackers Jarrad Davis and Cameron Toney both gave verbal commitments to the Tigers on Saturday, giving Auburn three linebackers in the class along with Trey Johnson. While Johnson and Toney have been household names for months, Davis has come out of nowhere to become a hot commodity on the recruiting trail since first getting offered by Auburn.
After seeing the Auburn campus on a recent visit in late March, Toney and his mother made another trip over this weekend to see the spring game and talk to the coaching staff. He said that's all it took to make it a done deal for him.
"Me and my mom were thinking about it and everything that was going on," Davis said. "We were pretty much talking about it last time we came up here because I just loved the trip and I loved everything Auburn was about.
"Last time, I would have done it but I didn't want to rush into anything," he added. "Everybody that was talking to me, I wanted to see what they were about as well. But I didn't really like anyone else so I decided to come on back to A-Day and do it.
"At first I wasn't going to do it, but talking to Coach (Tommy) Thigpen and seeing everything that he has to offer for me and Coach Chizik and (Brian) Van Gorder as well helped me make my decision today."
At 6-2, 215, Davis said the Auburn coaches have told him they like him at the outside linebacker position in their scheme. With some young players at the position currently, but not much depth, Davis said watching the team in person on Saturday was good for him to see how the defense ran in a game.
"They're pretty good," Davis said of the defense. "I like the scheme that VanGorder has brought to the school. I feel like I can jump right in after I learn a few more things coming from a 3-3-5 defense at my school. It's going to be a little different going to that 4-3 but I think I'll jump right in."
There's an old saying that reads ‘if mama aint happy then nobody's happy'. That is something that Davis takes to heart and because of that he wanted to make sure mom was on board with Auburn before he made his commitment. He said once they talked things out he realized that wasn't going to be a problem.
"She loves Auburn," Davis said. "Me and her feel the same exact way about the school. She really loves the school and that helped me make my decision.
"It's very relieving. I don't have to worry about being hit up by anymore colleges because I know where I'm going to be at and that's Auburn."
Saying that he may take some official visits to other schools just to check things out, Davis said his recruiting is pretty much over with after his decision and he doesn't plan on changing his mind. He said it's something he told Coach Chizik on Saturday and he plans to stand by it.
"He was really happy that I committed and said that a commitment is something they take very seriously," Davis said. "I told him this was a very serious thing to me as well. I'm not going to play with it like all these other kids I've seen in recruiting, how they decommit and everything. I'm pretty much locked in. This is where I want to go."