High school football – Auburn claims legacy back

08/04/2014 10:32 PM

08/04/2014 10:50 PM

Following in his father’s footsteps, athlete Stephen Davis, Jr. has committed to play football at Auburn.

The rising junior, a four-star prospect ranked No. 89 on Rivals’ top 100 list, chose the Tigers over South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and Vanderbilt.

After making a visit to Auburn this past weekend, Davis tweeted Monday, “I have officially committed to Auburn University! I would like to thank my parents, my coaches and The Lord!”

Davis gave his verbal commitment to coach Gus Malzahn on Sunday, with his father – former Auburn and NFL star Stephen Davis – by his side.

“I think he hid a little bit of (his reaction), because I know he wanted to scream but he didn’t,” the younger Davis said. “But I didn’t choose the school because he went there, I chose it because I feel like it’s the best place for me.”

Davis said he was impressed with the coaching and teaching style of Auburn assistant coach Charlie Harbison, his recruiter, and he liked the way the Tigers run practice.

“I really don’t care what position they put me in; I just want to be able to go out there and make plays,” he said.

As a sophomore, Davis was a key contributor in the Dutch Fork defense, playing mostly free safety. He was among the Silver Foxes’ leading tacklers with 64, and he also posted two interceptions and four forced fumbles during the team’s Class 4A Division I championship campaign.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound athlete delivered an impressive performance at the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in July.

Davis is the first of the state’s 2016 class of football prospects to make a verbal commitment. Auburn offered Davis in the summer of 2013.

“I think I made a good decision, and I feel great about it,” he said.

Davis said he will still take his visits to other schools and enjoy the recruiting process, though his focus the next two years will be on helping Dutch Fork win another state title.

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