Auburn, Ala.-- Kyle Davis is starting his college career when he begins classes at Auburn on Wednesday after arriving on the Plains on Sunday. While he’s likely to be limited in spring practice after having shoulder surgery following his senior season, the physical 6-2, 215 wide receiver is a player who should challenge for early playing time on the Plains and that’s definitely something he’s shooting for as a freshman.
“That’s very important because my main goal is getting my degree so if I can get my degree with quickness and while I’m still there playing football with my years of eligibility, I’m going to get it done," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I pray to God that I can play, go to school and get my degree in whatever I major in.”
Recently, Davis was one of a group of some of the top high school players in the country who headed to Orlando, Fla., for the Under Armour All-American Game. While he couldn’t participate in the contest, Davis said the experience is one he really enjoyed because it showed him how fortunate he is to be in that position.
“It’s eye-opening because not a lot of people have this opportunity to come out there, you know get everything paid for, come down and do what we did,” Davis said. “You’ve got to be grateful and thankful to be in that position. It was a pretty good experience.”.
Davis earned the opportunity to be an All-American after a strong senior season at Archer High. Helping his team to an 11-2 finish, Davis caught 53 passes for 790 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers had colleges from all over the country wanting him, but choosing from several top schools he said everything just pointed to Auburn.
“I don’t have anything to stress about now, that’s pretty much it,” Davis said. “There’s no stress, I’m fine. Before I committed I thought I was going to have gray hair before I was 18. It’s finished with and I’m happy.
Here’s what I did, I wrote it down, wrote down my top three and I did pros and cons for all three and everything weighed out in Auburn’s favor and that’s how I made my decision.”
Something that was big for the Tigers was his relationship with the coaching staff as well as some of the guys already committed to play for Auburn. In Orlando he had the chance to be around many of those guys like Marlon Davidson, Landon Rice, Tre Threat and Elijah Stove, but it was also an opportunity to get to know his future quarterback as well.
Impressive all week with his quickness in the pocket and also showing off a strong arm, Woody Barrett had a good showing during Under Armour week and it didn’t go unnoticed by Davis. He said getting to know Barrett and the other guys made him realize that the future is very bright for the Tigers.
“That was my first time meeting Woody, but that’s my boy, he feels like a distant cousin,” Davis said. “But yeah, I think all of us are going to do some miraculous things in the near future, like Marlon, in fact all of the Auburn commits were recruiting a little bit. I think we might get a few more people. I think we’re going to be great.”
Reporting to campus this week along with Davidson, Threat, Rice, Antwuan Jackson, Malik Miller, John Broussard, John Franklin and Paul James, Davis said he’s excited about getting the next chapter of his life started at Auburn.
“You know I’m looking forward to it,” Davis said. “People ask me if I’m ready all the time, I don’t have any choice but to be ready. It’s here, it snuck up on me. I’m out of time, but it’s what I’ve been wanting to do so I’ve got to just step up to the plate and make something happen.”