Davis Excited About Commitment, Auburn Season

Auburn commitment DeShaun Davis discusses his rehab from knee surgery, what he's seen from teammate Justin Thornton this preseason, his bond with the rest of the class and much more.

Mobile, Ala.--Twitter is an ever-evolving form of communication and Auburn commitment DeShaun Davis found out the hard way on Tuesday that it can also bring on trouble out of your control.

A longtime and very solid verbal to the Tigers, Davis' account was hacked with a message that he was backing off his commitment to stay at home and play college football for South Alabama.

A constant Auburn supporter on Twitter with messages and contact with Tigers' far and wide, Davis says that once he figured out he had been hacked it just took a little while to get things back in order. With a little help from his cousin to get things restored all was well again for the talented linebacker from Vigor High.

Focused on rehabbing an injured knee following a surgery that could keep him out the entire year for the Wolves, Davis notes that at the moment he's just concentrating on getting stronger and counting down the days until he's on the Plains.

"Everything is really good right now," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I really couldn't do anything football-wise. Really I was just rehabbing every day or every other day. That's going really good also. I'm doing a lot of running and I have started to do some agility work. I'm probably 65 or 70 percent right now."

Wanting to get back and play with fellow Auburn commitment Justin Thornton and the rest of his teammates with the Wolves, Davis says he and Vigor Coach Ashley Johnson agree that the most important thing is for him to be healthy no matter how long it takes.

"Personally I want to get back and play," Davis says. "My head coach is trying to be more on the safe side. He doesn't want me to play. We'll probably battle over that, but I'm really probably about to throw in the towel and wait until I get to college. I'm supposed to be cleared sometime in October and I'm just going to start back working out like I want to and need to in order to get myself better."

Hard work is what Thornton has done to get himself ready for a big season at defensive end. Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Thornton has a tremendous amount of upside and Davis says he's already starting to reach some of that potential heading into his senior year.

"He's getting a lot better," Davis notes. "He's learning to use his hands a lot more. I don't know where he's been working out, but he's getting a lot stronger also. He's becoming a whole different animal. He's working hard and wants to get there. I'm expecting big things out of him."

DeShaun Davis

Thornton, Davis and close friend and Auburn commitment Tre Williams made the trip to Auburn several times over the summer to hang out together and get to know their future teammates and coaches better. In addition commitments such as Stanton Truitt, Kamryn Pettway, Nick Ruffin and Jakell Mitchell were also around, something Davis says is huge for the class and the future of the program because they're already building a strong bond.

"I didn't know most of the other guys until they committed to Auburn, but anytime I go to Auburn and they're there, it's like you've known each other forever," Davis says. "They are really good players and all of them are high-character guys. They want to win and have a great attitude.

"From the first day I met those guys it's like I have known them just as long as I have known Tre," he adds. "It hasn't really been about trying to figure them out, we just clicked. That's how I know this class is going to be special."

With his love for Auburn and an outgoing personality, Davis has become one of the unofficial recruiters for the Tigers as he talks to players far and wide about the university and program. Because of that he says it's sometimes easy to forget that guys need to make the right decision for their situations.

"It is really fun for me, but sometimes I find myself throwing Auburn in there too much," Davis says. "I want somebody to go to Auburn so much that I kind of forget about that it's their decision and their life. They have the right to go where they want to go. I have been talking to a lot of really good players about Auburn so we can go ahead and get this thing turned around. I think we're going to do it."

Davis says he believes the turnaround will begin this season on the Plains. With a lot of excitement surrounding the program and a new coaching staff in place, he points out that he is ready to see what the team can do when it takes the field on Aug. 31 against Washington State.

"I'm very excited about this season," he says. "They named Nick Marshall the starting quarterback and I have been hearing some really good things about him from Coach (Gus) Malzahn and Coach (Dameyune) Craig. I'm in contact with them almost every week. They are battling some injuries a little bit right now, but I expect Auburn to go to a big bowl game this year and the years after that to be fighting for the national championship."

A visitor to Auburn for the A-Day following his commitment, Davis says he can't wait until a week from Saturday when he's sitting in the stands at Jordan-Hare Stadium picturing what his future is going to be like when he suits up for the Tigers in the fall of 2014.

"It's going to be crazy," Davis says. "Just looking around and seeing all those people that are 100 percent behind you makes you want to be successful. They are cheering their hearts out. You don't have any choice but to go out and perform and make them happy.

"I feel like we have the best fan base in college football," he adds. "I have been to a lot of different campuses and I have never seen anyone support their players more than Auburn."

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