Greenville, Ala.--One of the key commitments for Auburn’s 2016 class was back on campus last weekend to check out the Tigers and left with some positive vibes about the defense. Four-star defensive lineman Marlon Davidson watched as Auburn fell to Ole Miss in a close game, but said it was another step in the right direction for the group.
“Auburn is still the same to me,” Davidson said. “Auburn is just Auburn. They actually did better on defense to me. I have seen a lot of progress Will Muschamp has brought to Auburn with the return of Carl Lawson.”
Still solidly committed to the Tigers even though he plans to take several more official visits including his one to see Auburn, Davidson said the 4-4 record for Gus Malzahn’s team isn’t something that concerns him because he can see through the struggle.
“Records aren’t anything,” Davidson said. “One of my years we were 6-6. It doesn’t matter about the record, it matters about the coaches. They are rising on defense and I want to see the offense get better too.
Much of the reason Auburn is showing some signs of life on defense is because of the influx of young talent led by cornerback Carlton Davis, defensive lineman Byron Cowart and several others. Seeing them make their mark so early has Davidson excited about the future with the Tigers.
“It’s exciting because he’s giving us the opportunity to actually play early.”
Still putting his commitment at “75 percent”, Davidson said he hopes to take his official visits during December and early January with plans to play in both the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and also the Under Armour All-American Game. While all five trips aren’t set just yet he said three schools are close to locks to get a visit from him sometime before signing day.
“I’m going to spread them out through all those weekends and the first of January,” he added of his trips. “It will be Auburn for sure, Alabama and Georgia for sure.”