"I like DeShaun," Simmons said. "From a combination of watching him on tape and getting a chance to kind of know him over the phone and hearing that personality, he is a self-driven kid. He works hard and is going to make others around him better."
As a junior Davis put up huge numbers. In addition to making 148 tackles, he forced eight fumbles, recovered three fumbles, blocked two field goals and intercepted a pair of passes. Simmons likes the linebacker's production.
"He may not be the biggest, fastest or flashiest linebacker in the country, but the kid is a stout 6-0, 225 pounds," Simmons said.
"He had close to 150 tackles last year as a junior. He is always around the football. He strikes the opponent and tackles through the guy.
"He is a very fundamental player, a kid who is very instinctive with a nose for the football," Simmons added. "He is a downhill guy. He is a guy who plays inside the box and I think he will do good things for Auburn."
Davis, who was a recent visitor to an Auburn spring practice, said he was impressed with the coaching staff and the Auburn program. He noted he was hoping to get an offer from the Tigers and when that happened on Wednesday he did not take long to say yes.
"To me he is not that five-star guy who everybody is talking about, but when you watch his tape he is making play after play," Simmons said. "He is coming down, getting off blockers and making play after play getting to the football player very quickly.
"He is a very effective player, a guy I think Auburn will be able plug into its defense early to play meaningful minutes," Simmons predicted.