Taking Father's Advice to Heart

You remember Stephen Davis running wild at Auburn in the mid 90's? He then went on to be a three-time Pro Bowler in the NFL. Well, he has a son, and his son is on his way to being on the top prospects in the country...

There is now a Stephen Davis, Jr. on the scene.

The son of a former SEC and NFL star at running back has been blessed with a lot of natural talent.

Davis, Jr. listens to his father and takes his advice.

"He just tells me to stay humble, to keep my head in the game, and to keep working hard," said the younger Davis. "He really just pushes me to do the right things. He talks about grades, staying out of trouble, and things like that. He has helped me a lot."

The elder Davis can say a lot because he has been there. He has taken care of business on the collegiate level, he has starred on the biggest stage, and he has seen given his son all he needs to be successful.

"I have been around football since I was a baby, so I have always wanted to be a football player since I can remember. I have played other sports, but football is my game.

"My dad has helped me a lot as a player and just helped me to learn about the game. Him knowing what it takes to be the best is so important and he has helped me a lot.

"We talk a lot, he is always watching me play, and I cannot say just how much he has helped me get better."

The crazy thing is, Davis, Jr. will only continue to get better.

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound sophomore can run. He has great size for his age and he plays and looks much older on the football field.

His early play combined with his potential have put him into position to earn scholarship offers very early in the process.

He has close to double-digit offers already and the first came when he was in middle school.

"Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Missouri, and Tennessee have offered. That is all I can think of right now.

Davis is on track to be an elite 2016 recruit.
"South Carolina was the first school to offer me and it happened when I was in eighth grade. During the middle of the school year I got the offer and I couldn't even believe it. It was a shock for me, but it has just pushed me to work harder."

It is easy to see that the advice to stay humble and to work hard have hit home with this elite 2016 athlete. He carries himself very well, he handles the attention with maturity, and he is going to work hard to maximize his skills in the coming years.

"God gave me the talent and I am trying to use it to the best of my ability," Davis, Jr. said. "I just work hard. I have been blessed with good talent and it is up to me to make the most of it. I am going to keep working with my teammates, listening to my coaches, and see what I can do over the next few years at Dutch Fork."

He still has three years at Dutch Fork and he has not really started to think about where he plays football after that.

Many would think Auburn may hold an early edge because of the connection there, but that may not be the case.

"I like Auburn, but it is not my favorite school just because my dad played there. He has told me about the school some and stuff, but I never really focused on college teams growing up. I do not have any type of favorites right now. I have watched a lot more NFL games than college games, so I am a long way from having a favorite school."

It will be fun to track this Palmetto State talent in the coming years. His recruitment has already taken off, so we will track offers, visits, and favorites, but it will also be fun to watch him develop as a player on the field.

He played mostly safety as a freshman and finished third on the team in tackles while adding an interception.

Who knows how big he will get in the coming years and where he will end up playing on the next level, but he knows his skill-set right now.

"I have good ball skills, I have good cover speed, and I like playing in the box. I could play as a big safety or linebacker in college. We will worry about that later though."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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