One of the top class of 2016 prospects in the country, the 6-2, 215 standout defender chose Auburn over South Carolina and several other schools on Monday, but he said the choice for him was already made after seeing the Tigers on the field and getting a chance to interact with the players and coaches in a relaxed setting.
“I actually committed yesterday,” Davis said. “I was just trying to keep it a secret so I could talk it over with my parents and my mom. I think it was just a great decision. Auburn feels like home. I love it. The coaching staff is great. They treat me like a big family. I just love it. The fans are great. Everything is great.
“I have had the feeling for a while about Auburn,” he added. “I just really found out yesterday about the way they practiced and moved around. I also saw the way they treat their players. It wasn’t that much different from a game day environment. The practice was really fast and that’s the way they play. The fans are great. It was just great all around.”
A big reason for his decision came because of his relationship with Rodney Garner. The coach who recruited his father to Auburn almost 20 years ago, Garner is part of his family and he said that’s a feeling he got when back on campus for a practice on Sunday.
“He treats me like a son,” Davis said. “It was just a great time. He just wants the best for me. I talked to him yesterday and he said he was going to treat me like a young man. It just feels great.”
Garner isn’t the only coach that Davis has built a strong relationship with as the same is true of Auburn defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison. A veteran coach who is known as a great recruiter, “Cheese” made a big impact because of how he does things on and off the field.
“I like the way he coaches,” Davis said. “He teaches and then after he teaches it he wants you to rep it over and over. He’ll get you to start practicing it. That’s what I really like about him. I have heard he’s from South Carolina so I know where he’s from.”
Growing up the son of an Auburn legend, Davis said he’s always pictured himself on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium wearing the orange and blue. That kicked into high gear last fall when he was on hand for the Iron Bowl win over Alabama. It continued during a visit for the A-Day game in April as well.
“I think I just made a great choice,” Davis said. “I’m actually just ready to be on the field with those guys now.
“I think my parents are very happy, too,” he added. “My dad tried to hide it a little bit, but I can tell they are happy. I think my mom is kind of mad that she wasn’t there yesterday but she’s happy, too.”
With still two years left before he begins his career at Auburn, Davis, Jr. said he plans to continue to look at other schools and just enjoy the experience. While he’s bound to get a strong sales pitch from Steve Spurrier and others, he said that he wants to do it the right way and that means staying in constant contact with Auburn throughout.
“I’m just going to take it real slow now that I have committed,” Davis said. “When I actually go visit places I’m actually going to communicate with Coach Malzahn, Coach Harbison and Coach Garner and tell them where I’m going and why. It’s just a chance to experience new things.”
Davis said his next order of business is to get to know many of his fellow Auburn commitments over the coming months. That includes five-star wide receiver Nate Craig from Tampa, Fla. Davis Jr. said with the guys they've got coming in he's excited about the future on the Plains.
"I'm very excited about things," he said. "I think it's going to be great actually. I'm just ready to get on the field with those guys."