Mobile, Ala.--One of the top juniors in Alabama and already a four-star prospect on Scout for the 2018 class, talented defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis is having a big year as the St. Paul’s Saints roll into a quarterfinal game against region foe Jackson on Friday night.
Playing a key role last season as the Saints captured the 5A title, Armour-Davis said even though they’ve got some key seniors back including four-star defensive lineman Ryan Johnson, he’s had to take on a bigger role and he’s enjoyed that process.
“I feel like I’m doing well,” Armour-Davis said. “My main thing is just to work on getting stronger and consistency playing man-to-man coverage or whatever it is. I know they look to me as a leader playing both ways on offense and defense.
“Just keeping my spirits high with the team no matter what’s happening in the game has been important to me. I think we’ve now really found a rhythm and we’re on a roll. Hopefully we can keep that momentum in the playoffs.”
In addition to his role on defense at cornerback, Armour-Davis has added some plays on offense at wide receiver and is also returning kicks for the Saints. Just trying to do his part to help the team win, he said he’s enjoyed having the chance to touch the ball more often.
“It feels great,” Armour-Davis said. “I remember most of the time doing it when I was in middle school when I was a wide receiver so it comes natural to me. Hopefully I can make bigger plays. I haven’t made as many as I’ve wanted to, but whatever helps my offense. I’m just having fun with it.”
Getting ready to face Jackson for the second time this season and the sixth time in two years, St. Paul’s is looking to keep rolling against the Aggies with a fifth win in that stretch. That’s something that is expected when playing for the powerhouse program in Mobile and Armour-Davis said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It just doesn’t feel right whenever we lose a game around here,” Armour-Davis said. “Getting put out of the playoffs early is not something we’re used to. We’re used to winning, especially in the playoffs.
“It’s a tradition and all of the older players come back and talk to us and keep us motivated and let us know about the tradition at St. Paul’s. We plan to keep it up. It plays big during our offseason workouts and during the season.”
One of those former players that keeps a close eye on St. Paul’s is Auburn junior linebacker Tre Williams. A leader on defense for the Tigers, Williams has played well this season as has the entire defense, something Armour-Davis has taken notice of.
“They’ve improved a lot more and I think Tre has played well himself,” he said. “I just think Coach (Kevin) Steele is doing a great job. Obviously he’s doing a great job because when he came in this year they’ve been dominant in my opinion.
“They’re just flying around and they tackle well. They don’t have a lot of busted assignments and they cover well. It’s a typical SEC defense if you ask me. There are a lot of guys on there that can play on the next level and I think Tre is one of them.”
Planning to release a top list of schools sometime after his junior season and likely in January, Armour-Davis said at the moment several programs are standing to him with Auburn one of those teams because of Steele.
“One of my biggest concerns when I choose my college is my relationship with the coach that is recruiting me or my position coach,” Armour-Davis said. “He’s done a great job of recruiting me at LSU and now he’s at Auburn. I look forward to continuing to build our relationship and see what happens in the future.”