Irmo, S.C.--Former Auburn verbal football commitment Stephen Davis Jr. was back on the Plains for an official visit and made it clear that he is strongly considering signing with the Tigers on Feb. 3r
The six-foot-two, 210-pounder, the son of former Auburn star running back Stephen Davis, said he has narrowed his list of college choices to Auburn and South Carolina, the college he will visit next weekend.
Davis said he plans to announce his decision on signing day. “It is just South Carolina and Auburn,” he pointed out. “Right now South Carolina is going to have to do their job. It is going to be a tough official visit to beat. They are going to have to step it up a notch if they want me because Auburn did their thing this weekend and I like that.”
Unlike his dad, Stephen Jr. is a defensive player all the way and said the Tigers are recruiting him as an athlete who could play at several different positions--safety, nickel or linebacker.
“It was great visit,” he said. “I had a fun time. It is always a great time to come back and visit home. I?love it at Auburn.”
Commenting about what stood out on the official visit, Davis said, “Getting to know the players, just going around with them and touring the place. You are always seeing different things when you come to Auburn and it is always a fantastic time. I hung out with Darrell Williams and couple of other players.”
Davis said he can envision himself being an Auburn student. “I always enjoy visiting,”?he said.
The prospect noted that he hit it off well with Auburn’s rebuilt defensive coaching staff led by coordinator Kevin Steele.
“It was a great vibe,”?he said. “When I got there, I connected real quick with them. That is what I like. It is not just about football, it is about more than football at Auburn. It is a brotherhood and that is what I like. I don’t want to be out individually by myself. Brotherhood is the most important thing around a football team and the academics at Auburn are great. It is just wonderful.”
Davis, who said he wants to major in forensics, said he especially enjoyed spending time with Auburn’s new secondary coach, Wesley McGriff, who the Tigers hired away from the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
“Crimedog, just the nickname stands out to you, and he is a wonderful coach,” Davis said of McGriff. “He is all about the players. He is not going to take anything individually. He is going to teach you the way you need to be taught and he is going to teach you things that you need to play at the next level.”
Davis said having a chance to win the SEC and national championships would be a big deal to him in college and says that is something he could see happening if he plays for the Tigers. “I have to set my goals high,” he said.
Making the trip to Auburn with his parents, sister, grandmother and cousin, he said the entire group enjoyed themselves. “It was just wonderful. I had a great time.”