Mobile, Ala.--Already a four-star prospect on Scout.com and one of the top cornerback prospects in the country for the 2018 football class, St. Paul’s standout Jalyn Armour-Davis has offers from many of the top programs in the country as he heads into the spring.
With Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma and USC all making him a priority, Armour-Davis was recently back on the Plains to check out Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers and get a chance to meet new DB Coach Greg Brown.
Already very familiar with the Tigers after making several visits dating back to his freshman season for the Saints, Armour-Davis said Auburn always makes him feel comfortable and that’s a big deal for him.
“It’s just the atmosphere and family connection they have there,” Armour-Davis said. “They make me feel wanted. It’s not so much about football when I go there, it’s about being a young man. I think they can show me the right way to live life.”
A coach who Armour-Davis is already familiar with is Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. The cornerback said watching the improvement at Auburn under Steele in 2016 was something that stood out to him.
“It’s very impressive,” Armour-Davis said. “I knew Coach Steele when he was at LSU and he had an amazing defense there. I know before he got there Auburn did struggle, but just seeing the significant change in stats was crazy. Seeing them play in person and the different kind of attitude they have, you can see what kind of things he’s preaching and how he teaches them.”
Much of Armour-Davis’ time at Auburn was spent getting to know a lot more about Brown.
Coming to Auburn from the University of Missouri and with a background of producing outstanding defensive backs with three Thorpe Award winners under his watch along with guys such as Haha Clinton-Dix and Landon Collins while at Alabama, Brown’s history of coaching quality defensive backs is just one of the things that Armour-Davis said impressed him about the veteran coach.
“It means that he can really push me to my limits and take me to the next level,” Armour-Davis said of his history. “He’s done it for those guys and you see how they have turned out to be NFL stars. I look forward to seeing how far he could push me and what would be my limits.
“He’s intelligent,” Armour-Davis added of Brown. “He’s got a really good background and history, that’s really important. It’s a lot of technique, small things that I would never even think to pay attention to. He has a lot of things to teach me. I look forward to that.”