Army All-American Defender To Visit Tigers

This Louisiana high school football standout talks about his upcoming visit to Auburn and what he likes about the AU football program.

Monroe, La.--The Auburn Tigers will be getting a visit from one of Louisiana's top defensive prospects in January when Luther Davis from West Monroe High takes the fourth of his five official visits when he trips to Auburn.

A dominating defender who is rated as the nation's sixth-best defensive end by Scout.com, the 6-4, 255 Davis says that he's been looking at Auburn for a while and is excited about his upcoming visit.

"I talked with Coach (Steve) Ensminger in the past couple of weeks," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everything is looking good as far as my visit. I'm good friends with some people already there like Steven Ensminger and Jonathan Wilhite.

"Me and Steven are like brothers," he adds. "We talk pretty much every day. He would love for me to come to Auburn, but at the same time he wants me to do what is best for me and the better fit for me. I feel pretty at home with Auburn already from just talking with him and like I said we talk every day or every other day."

With two friends on the team currently as well as Ensminger, who was a coach at West Monroe before taking over as coach of the tight ends at Auburn, Davis says that he feels at home when talking to everyone at Auburn and he says the family atmosphere is one of the many things that is very appealing to him.

"Definitely you have to begin with the tradition," Davis says of his reasons for considering Auburn. "The players are one unit. They are really like a band of brother than just a team. I have followed Auburn for the past couple of years since they were recruiting my older brothers. It has kind of set in for me pretty much since then. Coach Ensminger being there is a major plus."

Luther Davis is a physical player who could give immediate help on the defensive line to some lucky school.

Another plus for the Tigers is the loss of the top two strongside defensive ends in Marquies Gunn and Christopher Browder. Also while Quentin Groves has publicly said he plans to return for his senior season, there is still a chance he could be gone as well. Davis says all that makes Auburn even more attractive in his eyes.

"It's a real big help for them losing two defensive ends and having a junior questioning whether he'll be back or not," Davis says. "He's checking his draft status. They could end up losing three defensive ends. With the players already there I have seen them a little bit, but I feel like I could contribute early."

Playing for one of the most tradition-rich high schools in Louisiana and the South, Davis says this season wasn't what the team had hoped for coming into the year. Losing in the second round of the playoffs, Davis did his part with very good numbers despite playing the first half of the year still slowed after offseason knee surgery.

"The season went pretty good," Davis says. "It wasn't as good as planned. We ended up going to the second round of the playoffs, which is unfortunate for our program. As for me I feel like I really could have played better than I did. Coming off a knee surgery I was more focused on whether I would get hurt or not and really didn't play my best.

"Towards the end of the season I really stopped caring about my knee. In the last six games I played well. Had that been the case the whole year I feel like I would have more of a productive year."

As a senior Davis finished with 68 tackles, 13 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, eight forced fumbles, five blocked field goals, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Those numbers were good enough to earn him All-County and All-State honors as well as being named the city of Monroe's Defensive Player of the Year. Davis will take part in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio on Jan. 6.

In addition to his Auburn visit Davis says he plans to visit Florida State the last weekend of January. Having already visited Louisville, LSU and Oklahoma, Davis says that he's pretty open at the moment with all five schools still in the hunt.

"Those are definitely my top five," Davis says. "They are the ones I decided to take visits to. They are the schools that I have taken time with throughout the year and evaluated and checked out their depth charts. They are all schools I feel confident that I could go in and contribute to in a year or two."

No matter where he attends college you can bet that Davis took his time trying to make the correct decision for him. That is something he's done from the outset along with brothers such as former Arkansas and Grambling player Lucas Jackson by his side to help when needed. Davis says when the time comes to make his choice he'll look back on his visits and several things will determine it for him in the end.

"At this point I'll definitely be looking at how strong of an academic center they have," he says. "The support for their student athletes is the main thing for me, more than the depth chart or location. That and the program's prestige is going to be the main pitch."


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