Stephen Davis Jr. of Dutch Fork High went into the 2015 football season regarded as one of the top prospects in South Carolina.
He held offers from the likes of South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, North Carolina, Georgia, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State and UCLA. In fact, he committed to Auburn in August of 2014 before breaking that pledge 13 months later.
Davis was highly regarded as a safety prior to the season but was moved to running back. In one early season game he rushed for 202 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Unfortunately, Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury in his third game of the season and underwent surgery for a torn ACL and MCL.
The injury forced Davis to put his recruiting on the back burner as he wasn’t able to take in any games. He did make an official visit to Auburn in January but no others. USC and Florida State also kept in touch with him through much of the recruiting season and beyond.
Davis did not sign in February and has remained publicly uncommitted. But he said Tuesday night he has committed to a four year school and will enroll there for summer school between June 25 and July 1.
“I can’t tell you that,” Davis said when asked for specifics. “I’ve got to keep it a secret. I want to play offense but hopefully they put me where they think I’m going to ball at and I’m going to get ready to go.”
Asked if his school is USC or Auburn, Davis replied, “Could be. Somewhere around there,” adding that the school knows that he’s coming.
As for the reason for the secrecy, Davis said he’s following the advice of his future coaches.
“I’ve been talking to the coaches and they told me to leave it low-key,” he said. “And I’ve been talking to my dad and he told me to leave it low-key. Me being the person that I am, I’m not really a person that likes to talk too much. I just left it alone and listened to them and I’m just going to keep it low-key.”
Davis said academically he is qualified for freshman eligibility.