Big, Talented Offensive Lineman Looking At Tigers

One of the top offensive linemen in the South says Auburn is one of the schools he's considering.

Jackson, Miss.--After a monster recruiting haul last year that brought in part-time starters Troy Reddick and Marcus McNeill as well as talented Jonathan Palmer and Will Ward, Coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff will look to sign at least three more offensive linemen in 2003 to bolster the future of the Auburn attack.

One of the top targets for the Tigers is 6-7, 325-pound Donovan Davis from Callaway Senior High in Jackson, Miss. A powerful blocker who dominates, particularly in pass blocking situations, Davis is being recruited by just about every football power in the South and lists many of them as schools he's considering at the moment. Included in that list is the Auburn Tigers. That is not surprising considering that Davis has been pancaking opponents through the 2002 high school football season.

"I don't have any favorites," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm getting weekly calls from the SEC schools, Georgia Tech, Southern Mississippi and Colorado calls a lot. I like the engineering program," Davis says of Auburn. "The location isn't too bad. They say they're going to be a more liberal passing team in the future and I like that potential if they do that."

Growing up in California, Davis says he was a fan of the Michigan Wolverines but grew to like the Florida Gators and their style of play under Coach Steve Spurrier. With the ball coach now gone from ‘The Swamp,' the massive left tackle says that he's still looking for that team that throws the ball because that's the style of play he likes.

"I like pass blocking more than I do run blocking," Davis notes. "So I'm looking for a passing offense. I just want a comfortable environment. I think I can cope with pretty much anything like the environment."

While his team hasn't exploded like he expected, Davis will get a chance to showcase his skills in the playoffs beginning in two weeks. With games against Clinton and Forest Hill before that, he hopes to add to his already whopping total of pancake blocks and lead his team deep into the postseason.

"We're 5-4 right now unfortunately, but we're still going to the playoffs," Davis says. "I have 61 pancake blocks and I have allowed no sacks and just nine hurries. That is in all nine games."

As one of the more highly recruited players in the South, Davis has already begun to get the normal nightly phone calls from coaches and recruiting analysts wanting to know his every move and thought. While it will eventually be something that he might not enjoy, he says for the moment that he's having fun with it.

"It's not too bad," Davis notes. "It's going alright. I can't complain because it's a good problem to have with the phone ringing all the time. It's going pretty good, it's not too outrageous. I've heard it could get worse though."

Davis has already visited Southern Miss and LSU unofficially and say he hopes to take a few more trips before the season is finished. He hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but with a 22 already in hand on the ACT and an interest in engineering on the next level, you can bet this outstanding student and player will be one of the names of note come February and National Signing Day.

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