Greenville, Ala.--When talented defensive line prospect Marlon Davidson committed to the Auburn Tigers on Friday it was a huge addition for Coach Gus Malzahn’s football program moving forward. A physical player who can make plays all over the field, Davidson is a standout for the Greenville High Tigers and Coach Josh McLendon said Auburn is getting a good one in his star.
“I think he does something on a daily basis that blows you away at practice whether it’s running down a screen pass or making the play from the back side,” McLendon said. “Not only is he a good player, but he works extremely hard in the weight room and he really enjoys that.
"Some of these guys just want to play on Saturday, but he enjoys the grind of working out and lifting and going through the drills. I say that with all honestly, he’s always been like that since I have known him. He’s always enjoyed the game of football.
“You’re going to get somebody that is extremely motivated. He’s going to work extremely hard and he’s going to play hard. You’re getting a heck of a player for sure.”
The motivation for Davidson comes from watching older brother Kenneth Carter go through the recruiting process while at Greenville before his playing days at Auburn. Learning the ropes from his sibling and learning how to handle the grind, Davidson has kept things close to the vest throughout the recruiting process and McLendon said that has been just part of the reason why he’s done things so well in what could have been a trying time for a young man.
“He’s done a really good job of handling everything,” McLendon said. “It really hasn’t been a distraction. Back in May it was just as far as all the coaches coming in, we had coaches coming by every day to see him. That was, but this summer hasn’t been bad. We basically came to a decision to narrow his choices down and focus on those.
“We told him ‘you’ve got to do what’s best for you’. I told him I could care less where he goes, but I wanted it to be his decision. I told him ‘you’ve got to do what’s best for you and where you feel is right' and not for your brother or anybody because you’re the one that is going to have to do it.
“I think he’s made a good decision," the coach added. "He’s handled it all as good as any 17-year old can with all of the attention he’s gotten. The main thing is we wanted him to make a good decision and then let’s concentrate on tonight’s game.”
Davidson and the Tigers travel to Tuskegee tonight to face Booker T. Washington after winning last week 34-13 in the season opener against Valley.