AU On The Short List For Prospect From Georgia

This football prospect plans to take an official visit to Auburn this week.

East Point, Ga.--Auburn is one of three finalists for defensive back Tristan Davis, a 5-10, 197-pounder who has scheduled his final official visit to see the Tigers this weekend.

"I have offers from 17 colleges, but I have narrowed it down to Virginia, Auburn and Mississippi State," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

This will be his first trip back to the Plains since he watched the Tigers defeat Tennessee last season. "That was a really exciting game," he says. "Auburn jumped out real good, Tennessee made a comeback and Auburn won it in the end," he says. "The fans got real excited. It was a fun game to watch."

Tristan Davis

Prior to that Davis visited Auburn over the summer for a one-day Senior Camp that had top prospects from across the Southeast. He was one of the best athletes there and has been on the Auburn recruiting board for a long time. "There were a lot of good players at that camp and I enjoyed going to it," he says.

"I am looking forward to the visit to Auburn this weekend," he adds. "I believe Auburn has a lot to offer in football and academically. I am interested in graphic design and I want to check out Auburn's program."

Davis says he needs to take his visit to get a better feel of how Auburn stacks up vs. the other colleges he has visited, but he notes that the Tigers are definitely in the picture.

A standout in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game last month in Columbus, he is one of the stronger defensive backs in the high school ranks. He bench presses 355 pounds, power cleans 245 and squats 430. "I am the strongest guy on our football team," he says with pride.

In addition to football, Davis is also a baseball star. He is scheduled to start for a fourth straight year for Tri-Cities. He was the team MVP as a sophomore and led the squad in batting average as a junior.

On the football field, he had a strong senior season, but says at times it was frustrating. "People on the other teams were staying away from me," Davis notes. "As a junior they went after me a lot more." He still managed to make 58 solo tackles last fall, intercept four passes, force five fumbles, break up 15 passes and recover two fumbles. As a running back, he added 837 yards and five TDs and returned a pair of kickoffs for TDs.

Davis visited Virginia in November and took his trip to Mississippi State last week. He also took an official visit to the University of North Carolina.

The defensive back says he is looking forward to testing himself vs. stronger competition in college. Right now the ball is in his hands for making the call just what college that will be.

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