Chatham, Va.--Since decommitting from the Auburn Tigers earlier this month, the recruiting for running back Enrique Davis has been hectic with schools trying to jump back in the mix for the talented prep school runner. He tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that currently he's trying to clear everything up in his mind to try to find the best school for him.
"Lots of schools every day are trying to talk to me," Davis says. "I have already been there (during recruiting) and there are really six schools I'm looking at. Right now it's out of Oregon, Ole Miss, Maryland, Tennessee, I was looking at Florida State hard, but I'm not looking at them as hard as I used to, and Auburn.
"They are all even," Davis adds when asked if he has a favorite. "Some of the head coaches are coming this week. Tennessee's head coach (Phillip Fulmer) was down here last week and Maryland's head coach (Ralph Friedgen) was down here last week. Today Ole Miss (Houston Nutt) and Oregon (Mike Belotti) are coming in. It stays pretty busy. Basically everybody is still in the running."
An Auburn signee last year out of Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, Fla., Davis failed to qualify and instead enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia to work on academics while also playing football. Injured for much of the season with a severely sprained ankle, Davis reaffirmed his commitment to Auburn early on, but a change in offensive systems had him quickly rethinking his future plans.
Committed to Auburn with offensive coordinator Al Borges' run-first offense in use, Davis says that when the Tigers changed to the spread under Tony Franklin it made him unsure of what his future would be. After having a chance to talk with Franklin and running backs Coach Eddie Gran last week, Davis says he feels good about Auburn once again, but several more schools are now in the running.
"They run it more than I thought they were going to run it," Davis says. "We watched some film when Coach Franklin was down here. It went good. They were down and basically going over everything with me. Coach (Tommy) Tuberville is coming this week to talk more about it with me. We'll see how it goes."
Having already visited Ole Miss, Davis took a visit to Oregon last weekend and says while he didn't really know what to expect out of the trip he came back liking the Ducks.
"It was real good," Davis says. "The first night was tough just because the plane flight was so long. The next day was good. I got to meet with the coaches. The first night they took us straight to the stadium. I liked the people there and the players. The fans are crazy. I went to the USC-Oregon game and the whole dome was shouting my name the entire basketball game. It was crazy."
Scheduled to visit Tennessee this coming weekend, Davis says he's not sure when he'll make his decision and it could be following the Feb. 6 date. He adds that he has several things he's looking for in a school and it's about more than what offense they run.
"Basically I'm going to pray about it and talk it over with my parents," Davis says. "Whatever school just seems like the right fit will be it for me. It's more than football. I feel like I can go to any school with any system and instantly play. Basically what separates it from everything is academics and everything else. I just want to make sure I'm making the best decision for myself. The decision I make now is the decision I'll have to live with the rest of my life."