Gordo, Ala.--A five-star linebacker and one of the top prospects in the country, big-time prospect Ben Davis is one of the most important players left on Auburn’s board in the 2016 class. With just one linebacker coming back with significant experience (Tre Williams) and only one player at his position heading towards signing day, the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler, Wayne Davis, left the Plains on Sunday with the Tigers very much in the picture for him.
“It was great,” Davis said of his visit. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I really enjoyed it. I got to see a lot of things that I was wondering about and answered a lot of questions. Coach (Gus) Malzahn, Coach (Kevin) Steele, they’re great coaches. I’m glad that I got down there to see. It’s going to be tough on signing day for me.”
With Auburn Tigers, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame all still in the picture for Davis, while he was already very familiar with the Tigers and the football tradition he had other questions he needed answered about the program and that was one.
“This was more of an academic standpoint,” Davis said. “I really saw a lot more of the campus. I got to see a lot more of the players. It was just overall a great trip. It’s going to be interesting on signing day.
“Everybody is up there for me,” added the five-star recruit, who is the top-rated prospect in the state of Alabama for the 2016 class. “I really don’t have a leader, not after this visit. I knew coming in I was going to have a great visit and I was just wanting to answer more questions and see how the coaches react and the players’ relationships and stuff.”
Already with a strong bond with Malzahn and several incoming freshmen such as Marlon Davidson, Kyle Davis, John Broussard and Tre Threat, Davis said having Steele on the Plains is a huge boost for Auburn.
“It’s Coach Steele definitely,” Davis said of the biggest positive. “Coach Steele, Coach Malzahn, they are great, great people. The opportunity for early playing time. Just the relationship I’ve had with the coaches. Coach Steele has been recruiting me since my 10th grade year. That’s the biggest thing I took away from it.”
Ben Davis is shown at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando.
Another coach making an impact is Travis Williams. A former All-SEC linebacker with the Tigers and now the linebacker coach, Williams has playing experience in the league as well as the NFL and Davis said that’s important.
“Coach Trav is a real high energy guy,” Davis said. “He’s been here and is an Auburn guy. He knows his linebackers and is a guy you’ll want to do anything for. I’m glad I got down and was able to see more of what I wanted to see. It’s going to be interesting.”
Now with his visits done and just days from making his decision, Davis said at the moment he's just soaking everything in as the recruiting process nears an end.
"I'm just honored and humbled," Davis said. "I'm just going to take these last few days and take it all in and just continue to pray about it. Whatever direction God leads me in that's where I'm going to go."