Rising junior DB Stephen Davis Jr. of Dutch Fork has Auburn ahead of USC early in the process. Davis' father, Stephen Davis, played at Auburn but the younger Davis said that has no bearing on his list.
"I really didn't grow up an Auburn fan, to tell you the truth," Davis said.
Instead, Davis credited several other factors for the lead Auburn has for his services.
"The coaches, the fans, the environment...they're just great," he said. "Their players...I love the players and they're the best players...I think I could be one of them. Auburn is my number one and they're going to be tough to beat."
As for why the Gamecocks are second on his list, Davis said that there are several similarities between USC and Auburn.
"It's kind of the same thing," he said. "The coaches are great. It's a great coaching staff. And, it's home...I mean, I'm at home here."
He has built a solid relationship with USC coaches Lorenzo Ward and Grady Brown.
Davis has offers from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida. He will visit UCLA next week and plans to attend Auburn's first fall practice.