Davis Likes The Fight He Sees In #11 Tigers

Auburn commitment DeShaun Davis discusses the Tigers' big win over Texas A&M, the 6-1 start and the progress he sees in Gus Malzahn's program.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn's victory over Texas A&M on Saturday propelled the Tigers to a No. 11 ranking in both the AP and Fox Sports polls as well as the initial BCS standings this week, but it could have a huge impact on the future of the program as well says current linebacker commitment DeShaun Davis.

A player with his finger on the pulse of Auburn's recruiting class for 2014, Davis notes that jumping out to a 6-1 start and being one of the surprise teams in the country is just what the doctor ordered heading into the recruiting home stretch.

"It's a big win, not only for the team, but from a recruiting aspect as well," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Like I have said before there are a lot of guys wondering how the season was going to go for Auburn and was the coaching staff really going to turn things around? Going to College Station and getting the win is really impressive."

Talking with several uncommitted prospects such as defensive linemen Dante Sawyer and Andrew Williams from Georgia, as well as committed players like Opelika's Stephen Roberts (Alabama), Davis says that the guys he has communicated with have had nothing but positive things to say about Saturday's win and what the Tigers are doing on the field.

For players who are looking for a program on the rise, Davis says that it's hard to find a better fit than what Gus Malzahn and his staff have going right now on the Plains. With the Tigers coming off a 3-9 season and trying to put the pieces back together with a new coaching in place, Davis adds that he committed knowing good things were on the horizon, but the pace of the turnaround has been a pleasant surprise.

"I didn't expect it to happen this quickly, but I knew it was going to happen because of the coaching staff," he says. "We have a great coaching staff. We have a lot of SEC experience with those guys and a lot of them played the position they are coaching. This turnaround, I'm not going to lie, I didn't think it was going to happen this fast."

There have been many reasons why Auburn has turned things around from 1-6 at this time last season to 6-1 this year, but perhaps the most important has been the effort on the field for 60 minutes every game. That is something that has definitely jumped out to Davis as he's watched every Auburn game either in person or on TV.

"They have a lot of fight," the linebacker says. "Those guys are not going to quit. When they got down 10 in the third quarter they could have easily given up, but those guys kept fighting. Even the last possession when they were inside the 20-yard line Dee Ford drives his man into Johnny Manziel and gets the sack.

"When we played LSU and were down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter with just a few seconds left were still playing like it was a three-point game, the fight in those guys really encouraged me. It shows me the coaching staff is doing something good to make them go out there and fight."

Sitting out this season at Vigor while recovering from knee surgery, Davis says he would love nothing more than to be on the field alongside fellow Auburn commitment Justin Thornton, but it wasn't to be. Being upgraded to 84 percent recovered by the doctor on his most recent visit, Davis is progressing nicely from his early summer knee surgery. Saying that he would likely be trying to play if he wasn't already committed to Auburn, the physical linebacker says his focus is on being ready to go when he hits the field for the Tigers next August.

"I have been working very hard to get where I'm at right now," Davis says. "I still have to put in a lot more work to get to 100 percent. I'm not going to slow down. All my excitement is going towards Auburn right now knowing that I'm not going to be able to play high school ball again. Everything I'm doing right now is preparing me for college."

Davis says he plans to be in Auburn on Saturday night when the Tigers take on Florida Atlantic at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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