Mobile, Ala.--Ranked as the top defensive back prospect in Alabama and one of the best in the country for the 2018 football class, four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis from St. Paul’s Episcopal School has been on the recruiting radar since his freshman season for the Saints.
Now with his signing date fast approaching, perhaps as early as December with the new early period now in place, Armour-Davis said he is getting closer to knowing his destination and currently three schools are still out in front as he prepares to finish his final spring practice as a high school player.
“Auburn, Florida State and Alabama are really up there,” Armour-Davis said.
The first college to offer him and a constant on his list since day one, Auburn has Coach Travis Williams recruiting the Mobile area with new defensive backs coach Greg Brown also working on Armour-Davis as well. He said the lengthy time he has been in contact with Auburn is what puts the Tigers on his list.
“They were my first so I really have more connections as far as the coaching staff with them because I have been around them since the ninth grade,” Armour-Davis said. “They were the first to come see me. I have probably been on their campus the most. It’s just the place I have been around a lot. That sticks with me.”
Amour-Davis plays for one of the top high school football programs in the state of Alabama.
Just arriving at Auburn before signing day, Brown has a load of experience on both the collegiate and NFL level. Armour-Davis said that’s something that is important to him.
“I think I have been there three times since he’s been at Auburn,” he said. “I have seen a couple of techniques that he teaches the guys during spring practice so I know how he would coach me and how successful he’s been in the past. He could get me to the next level, the NFL, and make me a great guy.”
A college that wasn’t on his original list of favorites, Alabama has steadily climbed into the picture for Armour-Davis and he said they’re definitely in the mix for him because of the need at the cornerback position.
“It’s just Alabama,” Armour-Davis said. “I’ve had a couple of family members to go to Alabama and it really could be a great place for me. I know the need there and one of the best coaches of all time (Nick Saban) is there, so Alabama, it’s hard not to include them.”
Rounding out his trio of top schools is Florida State. Another team that has been among his favorites since early on, the Seminoles just have something that stands out to him, Armour-Davis pointed out.
“Florida State, there’s really nothing specific I can say about them they’re just one of those schools that when you get there you say ‘I could see myself here,’” Armour-Davis said. “That’s really the best way to describe it.”
While recruiting is always present, for Armour-Davis and his teammates spring practice is the beginning of what they hope is another run to a state championship. Winning it all as both a freshman and sophomore, he said that’s the goal for the Saints once again.
“It’s going well,” Armour-Davis said. “Last year wasn’t a bad season, but it was a down year as far as St. Paul’s. We know how to win because we’ve done it twice. Being the head of the group and having one more year to get back to the state championship game. We know what it takes. It’s back to the grind.”
Spring practice has meant a parade of coaches from programs all over the country stopping by St. Paul’s. An opportunity for his teammates to get some notoriety and maybe earn offers of their own, Armour-Davis said for him it’s business as usual.
“It’s no different for me,” Armour-Davis said. “When coaches come to practice it’s the same thing for me because they’ve been coming to practice since I was in the ninth grade. It’s nothing new, I just practice as though they aren’t here.”
With the experience of watching former teammates such as Tre Williams and most recently Ryan Johnson go through the recruiting process themselves, Armour-Davis said he’s learned some things he wants to use himself this time around to make it a much smoother process.
“I just want to control it,” Armour-Davis said. “I just don’t want to let everything get to me. I know they’re going to be in contact and they’re going to be here. I’m just going to control my own recruiting, take it slow, and don’t let it get to my head.”