Irmo, S.C.--Expected to be one of the top prospects in the 2016 recruiting class, Stephen Davis Jr. was already very familiar with the Auburn Tigers before taking a visit to the Plains. Checking out Coach Gus Malzahn's team in the annual A-Day game in front of over 70,000 fans, the talented defender visited along with his father and former Auburn standout running back Stephen Davis.
Making a return trip after checking out the Tigers last fall for the Iron Bowl, Davis Jr. said the excitement surrounding the program following last seasons' run to the BCS title game was apparent when he was back in Auburn.
"When I walked in the stadium I didn't think anybody was going to come because it was kind of cloudy," Davis Jr. said of A-Day. "Then you just see seats filling up. The fans are great. It's a great environment. The coaches are wonderful. They are getting big-time prospects. I think I could be one of those big-time prospects and help Auburn out in the future."
Already with offers from Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt in addition to Auburn, Davis Jr. is still very early in the process, but that doesn't mean he isn't already thinking about a possible decision. With his family connection, relationship with coaches such as Rodney Garner (who recruited his dad) and Dameyune Craig (teammate at Auburn), and familiarity with the school and facilities, he said his most recent visit only gave him a feeling that put him closer to pulling the trigger.
"The day was pretty good," the 6-4, 210 Davis Jr. said. "I had a fun time. They are still at the top right now. I am loving Auburn. I'm thinking about committing. I'm not sure yet. I'm going to talk it over with my parents and coaches and see how it goes from there.
"It might be earlier than I expected," he added. "I'm really considering Auburn at the top right now and South Carolina is number two."
Stephen Davis Jr.
Saying that he might move his decision time up and make a choice following his junior season of football at Dutch Fork High, Davis Jr. is a versatile defender that has already earned four-star status on Scout.com.
Being recruited to play safety by the Tigers, Davis Jr. said he saw some good things out of Auburn at that position in the spring game but he admits they could have done better. With the ability to play either boundary or field safety in Ellis Johnson's scheme, he said one of the main things he likes about Auburn at the moment is the guy who would be his position coach, Charlie Harbison.
"Coach Cheese is a great coach," Davis Jr. said. "He actually is from South Carolina and we get along great. He can't stop smiling. He's cheesing all the time, and he's a great coach."
With Auburn at the top, but still plenty of time before he has to make a choice, Davis Jr. said he'll just continue to take his time but at this point the Tigers will be tough to top.