AU the Early Leader for Stephen Davis, Jr.

The four-star safety from South Carolina made a return trip to Auburn with his father.

Irmo, S.C..--Making a return trip to the Auburn campus on Saturday with his dad, a former Tiger star running back, Dutch Fork High School safety Stephen Davis said he enjoyed his Saturday at Auburn.

Meeting with coaches, including the head man, Gus Malzahn, Davis made it clear that the Tigers are the leader for this class of 2016 prospect who already has a ranking of four stars by

"He is a great coach," Davis said of Malzahn, who won a half dozen national coach of the year awards last season. "I could see me playing for him. They (Auburn) are at the top right now."

Other colleges who have offered that Davis said he likes include South Carolina, Georgia and Clemson, but noted Auburn is ahead of those schools.

Davis and his dad were also on campus to see the Tigers defeat Alabama last season in a game that sent Auburn to the SEC Championship Game where they defeated Missouri.

"That game was just great with a great atmosphere," he said, noting that was his second time to check out the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "We saw Auburn play South Carolina when Cam (Newton) was playing quarterback. It was a great environment."

Commenting on his latest trip to Auburn, which was on a much calmer Saturday with the students gone for spring break, Davis said, "It was great. I had a good time. I saw a lot of stuff I didn't see when I came to the Alabama game."

Davis is coming off a productive sophomore season in football. "I am not exactly sure on my statistics, but I think I had 115 tackles, two interceptions and four forced fumbles." He noted that he is currently six-foot-three, 205 pounds.

This spring he is competing for the Dutch Fork High track and field team in the 100, 200, 4x100 and long jump. Davis said he was recently clocked at 11.39 for 100 meters and noted that is his favorite event.

Stephen Davis, Jr.

Davis, who has almost two years until his national signing day, pointed out that he is in no hurry to make a college choice. He added that he isn't being pressured to stay in-state on his college choice and said that he could see himself playing at Auburn where his dad was an All-American running back. I am not trying to follow his footsteps, but I could see me going there," he said.

Rodney Garner, who recruited Stephen Davis, Sr., to Auburn, is AU's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. The prospect and Garner have a good relationship and he said the same is true with Charlie Harbison, who coaches the Auburn defensive backs.

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