Talented Defensive Back To Visit Tigers

One of Georgia's top defensive backs talks about his recruitment and his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

East Point, Ga.--Perhaps no southeastern prospect has shot up the recruiting charts in the last several months more than Tri-Cities' High star Tristan Davis.

A 5-10, 197 cornerback with good speed and a nose for the football, Davis has become a hot commodity for many schools in the South and he says that the process is getting to be pretty busy as signing day draws near.

"It's getting pretty hectic," Davis says. "There are a lot of visits I want to make, but I don't think I'm going to be able to make them. There are some things that I'm going to do as far as teams that I think I'll have a possibility of going to."

Last weekend Davis took his second official visit when he tripped to Chapel Hill to visit the campus of North Carolina and take an inside look at the program. Looking for a good fit and wanting to play cornerback on the next level, he says the trip went well, but he's looking forward to his next two and likely final visits before making a decision.

Tristan Davis

"It was nice," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of his trip to North Carolina. "It was a nice campus and the coaches were pretty down to earth. I liked the players. It was pretty nice place. I'm visiting Mississippi State this Friday and Auburn the Friday after that. My first visit was to Virginia."

An explosive cornerback who also excelled at running back as a senior, Davis was named both the Team MVP and defensive back MVP this season for his performance on the field. On defense he had 58 solo tackles with 25 assists, 15 pass break-ups, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four interceptions.

On offense he finished with 837 yards rushing and five touchdowns. If that's not enough he also had kickoff returns of 94 and 87 yards for touchdowns.

With numbers like that it's no wonder that attention on Davis has steadily increased since he was a top performer at several camps last summer including a camp on the Auburn campus. A three-year starter at cornerback, Davis says that his knowledge of the Tigers has them a strong player for his signature in February.

"I like Auburn because I've been down there on occasions and I like the facilities and everything," Davis says. "I especially liked how they were ranked high in the preseason. That stood out to me even though they didn't live up to the number one thing. They did play good ball and they made it to a bowl game and did their thing.

"I like the coach that is recruiting me (Terry Price). He's doing a good job at recruiting me. I like Coach Tuberville (Tommy Tuberville) and I haven't had the chance to sit down and talk to the defensive back coach, but that's supposed to happen sometime soon."

A position of need for Auburn, the cornerback spot was up and down this season. While Carlos Rogers was solid on one side, the other was a merry-go-round for much of the year with Junior Rosegreen, walk-on Kevin Hobbs and Montae Pitts seeing action at different times. Davis says that is something that makes Auburn an interesting choice because he wants to play as early as possible.

"That plays a lot into it," Davis says. "For them to have walk-ons I was kind of surprised. I'm not saying that I'm better than anybody, but I think that would be a good situation to get into and have a chance to get some early playing time."

In addition to his experiences at camp, Davis also attended the Tennessee game on the Auburn campus and says the experience gave him a good idea of what to expect if he decides to become a Tiger in the near future.

"The game was pretty fun because it was a battle," Davis says. "Auburn took off and just started whipping them at first and then Tennessee started coming back. They sealed the game off with the interception and the fans just went crazy. That was the most exciting game and fans were throwing things. I was cheering so much that everything missed me though."

While Davis is a fantastic player in his own right he doesn't stand alone on his high school team as Ramarcus Brown is also considered a top prospect from the Peach State. An early commitment to Oklahoma, it has been rumored that Brown has changed his mind and committed to the home state Georgia Bulldogs. Davis says that while that may be true don't count out Auburn in the battle just yet to have the duo on the field together for year's to come.

"I think he's still going to take his visit to Auburn on the 23rd," Davis says. "We've talked about playing together since our sophomore year because that's when we first started playing together. We noticed that we played great together so we said why not play great together on the next level."


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