Irmo, S.C.--A one-time commitment to the Auburn Tigers, talented athlete Stephen Davis Jr. put an end to his long recruiting journey this week when he committed to join the program. Planning to arrive on campus on July 31st and start work with the team on Aug. 3, Davis, Jr. made a visit to the Plains last week to make sure everything was in place for him to join the 2016 signing class.
Not signing with anyone in February after a knee injury as a senior and some academic concerns kept schools from signing him, Davis Jr. is good to go now and will join the Tigers this fall as a true freshman.
"The decision happened probably a month ago," Davis Jr. tells Inside The Auburn Tigers after also considering South Carolina. "When I told Auburn I didn't want to sign on signing day they just stuck with me the whole time. I was like 'these guys are really want me'.
Even after I decommitted they still wanted me. That showed a lot to me. Auburn is my home. I'm ready to get there ASAP and get it going and let the show ride."
Talented enough to play on either side of the ball, Davis Jr. was originally recruited as an outside linebacker by the Tigers when Will Muschamp was Auburn’s defensive coordinator, but with a need at running back this fall there’s a chance he could get a look on offense when practices open.
The son of one of the best backs in Auburn history, Davis Jr. has always had the Tigers on his list of schools and now he’ll be part of a program that he said is the right fit for him.
“It is not just about football, it is about more than football at Auburn,” Davis Jr. said. “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.”