Baseball Future Bright Says Incoming Freshman

Auburn incoming freshman pitcher Kevin Davis discusses new coach Sunny Golloway, keeping the recruiting class intact, and preparing to start his college life.

Brewton, Ala.—A hard-throwing right-hander from T.R. Miller High School, 6-1 pitcher Kevin Davis admits he didn't quite know what to expect when preparing for last week's Major League Draft just that he was sure he wanted to go to Auburn. Notifying teams that he planned on attending school unless he was a very early selection, Davis went undrafted as teams decided to listen to his wishes.

Now Davis, along with Alabama's Mr. Baseball Keegan Thompson and the entirety of Auburn's signing class, is expected to be on campus this weekend for Auburn Camp War Eagle before starting classes on Monday. With Russell County signee Anfernee Grier the only one drafted, and that coming in the 39th round, Auburn's fortunes could change dramatically under new coach Sunny Golloway.

"It's awesome," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Going into the draft there were obviously a lot of questions of who would go and who wouldn't. For the draft to be all over with and all of us ending up going to school is something pretty special. It's not only a bunch of good players in this class, but they are all good guys. It's not only how you are on the field, but also how you are off the field. It's going to be a really good class.

"Going into the draft you obviously want to play professional baseball," Davis adds. "But I wanted to go to school too. It took me a while throughout the recruiting process to make my decision. It was almost two years from when I first got offered by Auburn until I committed. I took my time because school was important to me. Getting an education and playing baseball and enjoying college was a big deal. There are four or five guys from the SEC last year that are already in the big leagues so the competition is unbelievable."

The new signing class will come in as the first class to play for Golloway on the Plains. Coming to Auburn from Oklahoma where he made a College World Series appearance and had three trips to a Super Regional in eight seasons, Davis says Golloway's numbers speak for themselves.

"I don't know too many details, but it kind of shocked me when he got the job," Davis says. "A coach with that kind of resume, coming from Oklahoma kind of surprised me. I was definitely excited when I found out everything he's done in his coaching career. I'm looking forward to getting there and seeing how everything goes."

A pitcher that consistently throws in the low to mid 90's, Davis has the tools to be successful at Auburn. The same is true of Thompson, who was both a dominating pitcher and hitter for the Cullman Bearcats. Getting ready to play for a coach that just had two pitchers taken in the first two rounds, Jonathan Gray in the first round and Dillon Overton in round two, Davis says it's fun to think about the possibilities under Golloway.

"It's exciting, but it's not only Jonathan Gray but Dillon Overton went as well," Davis says. "I think he went in the second round. That's two guys at the top of his staff last year that were high picks in the draft. Obviously pitching is something that matters a lot to him."

While the incoming recruiting class is a huge piece of the puzzle for Golloway's program at Auburn, it's far from the only piece. With players such as Blake Austin, Michael O'Neal, Terrance Dedrick, Hunter Kelley, Dan Glevenyak, Patrick Savage and others expected back as part of a big senior class and a load of experience returning as well including Rocky McCord, Tre Cochran-Gill, Daniel Koger and Justin Camp on the mound along with Jordan Ebert, Sam Gillikin and Jackson Burgreen in the field, Davis says things are looking up for Auburn baseball.

"I'm packed up and ready to get up there and get going," Davis says. "I think with the guys from the last three classes we're going to be able to do a lot of great things. That's one of the reasons I committed to Auburn was because of the people there, the players there. I have known a lot of the 2012 class for a while over the summer circuit. Knowing all of us from the 2013 class and with those guys already there, I think we have a chance to do something pretty special."

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