Two-Time Player of The Year Chooses Tigers

One of the top high school baseball players in the country has committed to the Auburn Tigers.

Brewton, Ala.—Coach John Pawlowski and the Auburn baseball Tigers continue to rack up on the recruiting trail as they picked up the second huge commitment for the 2013 class on Tuesday when T.R. Miller standout Kevin Davis chose the Tigers over Florida, LSU, Florida State, Alabama, South Carolina and several other schools.

The two-time Class 3A Pitcher of the Year for the Tigers, Davis is considered one of the top players in Alabama heading into his senior season along with fellow Auburn commitment Keegan Thompson from Cullman. With offers galore and top programs knocking down his door since early in his high school years, Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that Auburn just had that feeling he was searching for in recruiting.

"When it came down to it I felt at home at Auburn," Davis said. "The coaching staff, through this whole process, was on me really early. Through this whole process I never felt pressured. I love the coaching staff at Auburn. Every time I go there it feels like home. It's just two hours from my house. That's a big thing for me because I can go home on the weekend if I want to. My parents will be able to come watch me pitch whenever I throw. That's pretty big to me."

A dominating performer for T.R. Miller the last two seasons, Davis was 7-2 in 2012 with a 0.70 ERA. In 59 innings pitched he struck out 140 batters while walking just 13. As a sophomore he was just as strong, finished 5-1 for the season with a 0.47 ERA and striking out 117 in 46 innings.

With those kinds of numbers it's not a surprise that he powerful right-hander could have gone to major programs just about anywhere, but he chose the small-town feel of Auburn.

"It was tough," Davis said. "It all happened the summer and my freshman year and built after that. It came down to Auburn, LSU, Florida, South Carolina and Florida State. They were my five. I kind of broke it down to Auburn, LSU, and Florida. It's a little different lifestyle living in Baton Rouge and Gainesville than what I grew up with living in South Alabama. When I would go to Auburn is just felt like I was at home there."

What has already been a busy summer for Davis will ramp up even more next month as he'll join Thompson as one of 28 players vying for one of the final 20 spots for the 18U National Team. The final tryouts will take place in Los Angeles on Aug. 18 with the team competing in the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea from Aug. 30-Sept. 8. Team USA is scheduled to play Australia, Netherlands, Korea, Columbia, and Venezuela in pool play.

Having the opportunity to play for his country is a dream come true said Davis, but having the chance to possibly play with his future teammate is something he said would make the experience even more exciting.

"I played against him in summer ball," Davis said. "I played for the East Cobb Braves and he played for the Alabama Seminoles. At Team USA trials we were on the same team. We both made the 40-man cut and the latest 28-man cut. It's something special. That says a lot for the program that you have two commits and they are both pitchers and have a chance to make the national team. That says a lot about the program and what they've been able to do."

Watching Auburn play this past season and seeing the youth that was on display, and knowing some of the incoming freshmen that could play a big role this season for the Tigers, Davis said that with he and Thompson on board and more quality players possibly joining the class that Auburn baseball is in very good shape for the future.

"I feel great about things at Auburn," Davis said. "The 2012 class they brought in was great. I know a lot of those guys and played either against or with them. Even the three that signed, David Dahl and Colin Rodgers and Addison Russell, I played with those guys. I feel very comfortable with the direction the program is going. The 2013 may not be as big as the 2012 class, but the players are all top guys. I see Auburn being really, really good for years to come."

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