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The Hiring Of Kevin Steele At Auburn Could Have A "Major Impact" Says 5-Star Ben Davis

Auburn's hiring of Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator could be a big deal for five-star linebacker Ben Davis.

Orlando, Fla.--Five-star linebacker Ben Davis has known new Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele for more than two years dating back to when Steele was an assistant at Alabama. Now on the Plains and getting ready for his first spring practice on the Plains, Steele is someone that has Davis definitely ready to check out the Tigers for a visit in January.

“It’s going to have a major impact because he recruited me while he was at Alabama and at LSU,” Davis said of Steele. “Now he’s coming back to an in-state school and it’s going to have a great impact. I can’t wait to get back down there on my official visit.”

Planning on visiting Auburn on Jan. 22, Davis said that will give him a chance to not only see the campus and facilities again but will allow him to continue to build on his relationship with Steele.

“He’s just a great overall guy,” Davis said of Steele. “He loves football and knows what he’s doing. He always wants to perfect his craft. He’s just a great guy. It will be different seeing him at Auburn, but it’s not surprising to me. The way coaches are moving around it’s not surprising to me.”

Being in Orlando all week meant Davis spent plenty of time around several Auburn commitments, including close friend Marlon Davidson. Heading to the Plains next week to get an early start on his career with the Tigers, Davidson did plenty of time talking up Auburn said Davis.

“You know how it goes, especially with Marlon,” Davis said. “He loves Auburn. I can’t wait to get down there on my official on the 22nd (Jan.) and have a lot of fun and see how I like it.”

This week Davis was one of the top linebackers at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando where he was a leader for a defense that shut out its opposition in Saturday’s game. Enjoying the experience, Davis said it was a great opportunity for him to see what it’s like to play with the best of the best.

“It was really fun,” Davis said. “I just had a great time. I learned a lot and got better. I was glad I was able to participate.

“The biggest thing for me was the bond with the other guys,” he added. “It was just about the overall competition. I had a lot of fun really.”

With Georgia as his leader for the last few weeks and Alabama always in the picture with LSU and Notre Dame also in the mix, Auburn could be fighting an uphill battle for Davis but he said for him it’s a matter of finding the right fit. That’s something he’s going to figure out in the next month.

“I’m just going to pray about it and go with my heart,” Davis said. “Whatever I feel in my heart and where I want to go and not where anybody else wants me to go. I’m just going to take it slow and see how I like it.”

In addition to his Auburn visit in January Davis said he plans to visit Notre Dame on Jan. 15 and he’ll take his final official visit to Alabama on the last weekend in January.

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