Big Lineman Focusing On Senior Season

This big offensive tackle talks about his season to this point and the recruiting game.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Sometimes prospects can get overwhelmed at the thought of talking to coaches and playing in front of them at games on Friday night, but that's not the case with big offensive tackle Cody Davis from Hillcrest High. A 6-7, 275-pound road grader for a dominating running game led by standout Markus Manson, Davis is used to seeing coaches and getting attention and says it's just part of the game.

In the past few years most of it has just been for fun because he was too young to really think about his future. Now a senior, his future is upon him with schools from all over the South showing him attention. Davis says that while he has talked to and heard from dozens of schools, he's not really focused on recruiting at this point in his senior year.

"I'm hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Miss," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm probably really not even going to focus on it until this season is over. Right now they are important to me, but they aren't as important to me as this season is right now. That's probably when I'm really going to focus on it."

Cody Davis

Playing on a team loaded with prospects, it's no surprise that Hillcrest would get some visitors on the first weekend when coaches are allowed to attend high school games and evaluate prospects. Davis says that in last week's 28-7 victory over Tuscaloosa County there were several coaches in attendance, but he's not concerned with that at the moment even though some players might get nervous playing in front of that kind of audience.

"Last weekend I noticed two," Davis says. "Coach Shula (Mike Shula) and Coach Tuberville (Tommy Tuberville) were out there. To be honest with you it didn't really bother me. You think about it to some extent, but I go out there every game and try as hard as I can. That's all I can do."

With a record of 4-0 this season and ranked seventh in Class 6A, the Patriots have been an offensive juggernaut this season. Averaging just over 30 points per game and able to pound away at opponents, Hillcrest has a chance to make a lot of noise this season as long as they stay hungry and confident. Davis says that Friday night's win over rival Tuscaloosa County gives them exactly what they're looking for to build on towards their goal of a state championship.

"It sure does," Davis says. "It gives us a lot of confidence heading into the rest of the year. It gives the whole team confidence."

If the Patriots go all the way this season they will look back and see how much their summer meant in the long run. Attending camps at both Auburn and Alabama as well as passing camps and one-day camps, most of the Patriots got a chance to get attention and help from some of the top coaches in the business. Davis says that it has already paid off for him and hopefully it will continue to down the road.

"So far this year I guess I've played fairly well," Davis says. "You really have to watch film to tell how well I've played, but I think I've done okay. Going to summer camps has helped me out tremendously. You don't really get a lot of work at those one-day camps, but they give you a lot of ideas on what to work on. It's up to you to really go back and work on them. That's helped me out a lot just to know what to work on and what I need to do to improve."

In addition to Davis and Manson, the Patriots also have one of the top defensive backs in the state in Travis Robinson. A speedy cover corner, he was one of the best performers at an Auburn summer camp and has offers from several SEC schools.


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories