2012 Texas QB High On Tigers After Long Visit

2012 quarterback prospect Matt Davis talks about his visit to Auburn and gives his impressions on Gene's Chizik's program.

Houston, Tex.--It's only the summer before his junior year but already Klein Forest standout quarterback Matt Davis is getting the full brunt of the recruiting world at his doorstep.

With 14 verbal offers already from top programs across the country, the 6-1, 195-pounder has been on a search for the right school for him even though he's still got two years left to play high school football.

This week that search took him to Auburn where he got a close and personal look at Gene Chizik's program for almost two full days. With one of his offers from the Tigers, Davis says it was important for him to see everything about Auburn and he likes what he found out.

"It was great," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was by far the best visit I've been on out of all my colleges. The coaching staff is great. When you go there it's just something different about the town. It's family oriented. Coach (Curtis) Luper, Troop (Trooper Taylor), coach (Gene) Chizik and coach (Gus) Malzahn, it's just a great place to be."

Having already visited Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, Alabama and scheduled to visit LSU next, Davis says it's pretty easy for him to put Auburn at the top of that list at the moment following his two-day visit to the Plains.

"Right now Auburn is the best visit I've been on," Davis says. "It was just the organization of things too. You can tell they are genuine people. That's why I like them and one thing I really like.

"They are my leader right now," he adds. "From the six schools I have visited so far Auburn and Texas Tech are my top two right now. I'm still interested in everyone, but my leader right now is Auburn."

With 1,500 yards passing and another 1,500 rushing yards as a sophomore, Davis is the ultimate dual-threat at the quarterback position. He scored 39 touchdowns with 26 of them coming on the ground and while he says his 40-yard dash time is 4.4 seconds he does admit he's clocked a time of 4.35 seconds before.

All those things make him a good fit in an offense like Auburn's designed to get the quarterback at the center of attention. While Chris Todd didn't utilize the running aspect at the position, look for Cameron Newton to do just that this fall. Davis says getting to see the offense came along with a big surprise.

"I knew the offense looked kind of similar and he (Malzahn) asked me who my offensive coordinator was," Davis says. "I told him who it was and that we got our offense from Lake Travis. He says they got their offense from us. A lot of the terminology I was telling him is the terminology they use their. Coach Malzahn is a guru. He and coach (Neil) Brown from Texas Tech are probably the smartest football coaches I've talked to. He's impressive."

Having the opportunity to sit down with Malzahn and the Auburn coaches to talk football and just life in general, Davis said he got a true sense of what the program is all about following his time on the Plains.

"That was great because originally I didn't know they were interested in me," Davis says. "I've always known who Auburn is, always known it was a great school. When I found out they were interested in me that was an eye-opener for me. I felt real good about the SEC and with the year they had last year, the adversity they went through and having a new coach. It's just great. To be able to go down there and meet all them. It's a blessing seeing how great guys they are and the interest level and the family orientation they have. You can't beat it."

Despite already having a commitment from standout quarterback Kiehl Frazier for the 2011 class and having a pair of guys who will still be on campus if he were to choose Auburn, Davis says he looks at the situation with the Tigers as ideal for an incoming player.

"It's a great situation for me if I were to go there," Davis says. "The relationship I've already built with them on a short term basis is great. Also because they'll have Cam for the next two years, but after that it's going to be a wide open spot even though Kiehl Frazier is coming in. It would be a battle. It's just a great situation with some great coaches."

With many of his offers from inside the Texas borders and a few much closer than Auburn, it would appear that the distance may be one of the only negatives for Chizik's program when it comes down to it. Davis says that's not quite true for him because he thinks it could actually be a positive.

"I want to get away," Davis says. "Not necessarily out of Texas, but away from home just to see how it is on my own. Auburn is a great situation because it's a great place to be away but it's not too far. You can drive but it's not too close either. The distance is kind of perfect. It's about a 10-hour drive but it's not something where I would get too homesick and get in the car."

Davis and his father plan to stop and visit LSU on the way home before turning the full attention to the upcoming football season.


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