Auburn Still Leading For Stephen Davis Jr.

Stephen Davis Jr. is one of the top defensive players in the country for the 2016 recruiting class.

Irmo, S.C.--One of the top players in the 2016 recruiting class, Stephen Davis Jr. already has plenty of options for his college football future with offers from Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina and several others as he prepares for his junior season at Dutch Fork High School.

The son of former Auburn and NFL standout Stephen Davis, he has been high on the Tigers since getting an offer a year ago from Gus Malzahn, Charlie Harbison and the staff. Even though he’s still two years away from playing college football he said the pressure is already starting to build with the process.

“It’s settling in right now,” Davis said. “I’m just trying to have fun while it lasts. I just thank God, my teammates, my coaches, my parents, my family, everyone. It can be a rough road sometimes but I’m trying to have fun.”

Having fun is exactly what Davis and his father did last season as they checked out the Iron Bowl win over Alabama. Being in the stadium and part of that excitement is just one of the things that has Auburn at the top of the list for Davis he said.

“Auburn is still leading,” Davis said. “They’re in a good lead. I have South Carolina next and then Tennessee and Georgia. I want to visit Vanderbilt and I also want to visit Tennessee too. I want to visit Georgia again this year to see how that goes.

“It was just a great environment,” he added of Auburn. “I love the coaches there. The coaches are great. The players are great. I just want to get down there and see it again. Everything is new when I get there and see it again. It’s just wonderful. I love it.”

Building a strong relationship with Harbison and already having a strong bond with Rodney Garner after his father was recruited to Auburn by the veteran coach, Davis said the staff has made him feel very comfortable and that is extremely important to him.

“Coach Harbison is wonderful,” Davis said. “He told me he lived in South Carolina so he knows the state. Coach Garner knows my dad and that’s pretty cool. It’s just fun. They have great fans; great everything.”

Rated a four-star prospect and the number 16 outside linebacker in the country, the 6-3, 215 Davis has the ability to play a number of different positions on the next level. Lining up at both linebacker and safety for his team, Davis said he’s excited about getting back on the field this fall and is looking to put up some big numbers.

“I think I have great ball skills now,” Davis Jr. said. “I’m just trying to get better. I’m trying to get to the top. I just need to improve everything. I’m good in some areas but I need to improve.

“I’m trying to set the school record for picks and lead the team in tackles,” he added. “I’m just trying to help my team get to another state championship and win. I’m willing to do anything to help my team win.”

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