No Visit, But Davis Still A Tiger

Woodlawn's Chris Davis made his decision Saturday morning and chose the Auburn Tigers.

Birmingham, Ala.--Woodlawn athlete Chris Davis wasn't able to make his official visit to Auburn this weekend, but it didn't keep him from making a decision as the speedy defensive back/kick returner pulled the trigger early Saturday morning and chose the Auburn Tigers over South Carolina, UAB and others.

A 5-11, 180-pounder with 4.4 speed and the ability to play a number of different spots on either side of the ball, Davis says he's being recruited by the Tigers as a cornerback with the chance to return kicks. He tells Inside The Auburn Tigers the more he thought about it the more Auburn felt like the best fit for him.

"I committed to Auburn this morning," Davis says. "My eleventh grade year I knew Auburn was where I wanted to play football. Recruiting was going kind of slow then, but I knew that's where I always wanted to be. That's why I went ahead and made my decision.

"It means a lot to me to be going to Auburn," he adds. "I think they're building a good football program down there. I think I can help them try to get where they're going. We'll have a good team for years to come."

Earlier this week Davis said that South Carolina was probably his leader, but he was seriously considering Auburn. Obviously a lot changed in just a few days with Davis. He notes there were several factors that played into Auburn's favor, most noticeably location.

"I have sort of a situation back home," Davis notes. "I have a baby on the way and being out there far I wasn't going to be able to see my child. That's one of the things that made the decision to Auburn even easier."

In addition to location, Davis says that Auburn's coaching staff had a big impact on him choosing the Tigers. Being recruited as a defensive back by Tommy Thigpen, it didn't hurt that he was able to talk to Auburn Coach Gene Chizik as well, known for producing outstanding defensive backs while he was a position coach in college.

"I have been talking to Coach Thigpen and Coach Chizik," Davis says. "I also talked to Coach (Phillip) Lolley one time as well. They were pretty excited when I told them this morning I was committing. They're still looking at me as a cornerback. I know they don't have many guys at that position so that's exciting. I think I'll do a good job."

Playing both ways for the Colonels this season, Davis had a huge year as his team finished 5-4. It was the first winning record for Woodlawn in almost 15 years. In just nine games Davis finished with 10 touchdowns on the ground, one through the air, 877 yards rushing as a quarterback. He also added five interceptions as a defensive back.

Davis says he'll take his official visit to Auburn sometime in January after a conflict kept him from making it this weekend.

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