Physical Running Back Enjoys Look At Auburn

Bruising runner Mikell Lands-Davis talks about his trip to see the Auburn Tigers and discusses his recruiting at the moment.

Douglasville, Ga.--A three-star prospect and rated as the No. 65 running back in the 2015 class by, powerful Mikell Lands-Davis took a visit to Auburn this week to check out the Tigers and left impressed with Coach Gus Malzahn's program.

Watching a practice and spending time with the coaching staff, he said it was the overall feel he got from the people that stood out to him.

"It was better than I thought it would be," the 5-11, 207 Lands-Davis said. "I thought Auburn was just a big school like everybody else, all the big-time SEC schools, but it was pretty cool. You could see what is different about it, especially the atmosphere. Every time I went to eat someone would say ‘War Eagle.' I just liked a lot about it. Everybody has the facilities, but when you feel like it's the right place for you that's pretty good."

Saying he felt the Auburn family experience while on his trip, Lands-Davis said one of the highlights was getting to spend time with running backs coach Tim Horton. A man with a strong history of producing big-time backs, including Tre Mason last season, Horton made a strong impression on the Alexander High standout back.

"They have been talking to me about my running style," Lands-Davis said. "Especially Coach Horton. I talked to him about what I needed to work on. He likes my speed and quickness and my power, but he said it will be different when I get to college. The transition is more reaction-time because everybody is bigger, faster and stronger. What he likes about me is my toughness. I can go about 40 times a game and don't complain."

Currently with Clemson a little ahead of Georgia Tech and N.C. State on his list, Lands-Davis also has offers from UAB, Middle Tennessee, Cincinnati and several other schools. Adding that the Tigers are "close to the top" after seeing the program, campus and university in person, he said getting word from Auburn would be a big one as far as he's concerned.

"It would mean a lot," Lands-Davis. "We sat down and talked about it. They told me that they're not offering just anybody at running back so if they offer me it would be committable right away. The head coach is pretty sure it's coming. They want to get to know me more and come back in the spring."

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