News spread quickly of Auburn hiring former Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn to replace Gene Chizik. Three-star prospect Jarrad Davis (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County), who has been committed to the Tigers for almost eight months, is uncertain how it will affect his future.
“I just heard about it and I am not really sure how I feel about it,” Davis said. “It is good that they got a head coach, so I probably should just got up there and see if I still want to go there after meeting him.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker admits he would be even more conflicted if Malzahn decides to keep some of the Auburn staff members that recruited Davis intact.
“Right now I am committed, but I am waiting to see what happens, too,” Davis said. “If he keeps the coaching staff intact, that would make my decision much more difficult because of the relationship I already have with them. I have not considered him doing that that, but if he does I would definitely take an official there and meet with him. If he does not, then I will continue to look around and if I find a place that feels better, I would probably decommit and open things up more.”
While the contact with the Tigers’ staff has been minimal as of late, a couple programs have wasted no time lining up to try and get Davis.
“I have become pretty much open to other schools because I have not really spoken to anyone at Auburn recently except for chatting with Coach [Tommy] Thigpen once last Thursday,” Davis said. “I have spoken to other schools like Ole Miss and Duke more.”
Ole Miss will get first crack at getting Davis on campus.
“Coach [Tyrone] Nix talks to my mom a lot and I set up an official visit with them this weekend,” Davis said. “I hope to learn more about him and Ole Miss after the visit. I want to see what they are all about and how comfortable I feel there compared to Auburn.”
The Blue Devils never let up in its pursuit of Davis, even after he committed. They will host Davis a week after his official to check out the Rebels.
“Jim Collins was recruiting me from the beginning and he never stopped letting me know that he wanted to be my coach at Duke and that he loved the type of athlete that I am,” Davis said. “There was never a drop-off in how hard they recruited me.”
Another SEC program is considering extending an offer to Davis. If it happens, it could be a game-changer in his recruitment.
“If Florida offered, that would totally change my recruitment because of how close they are to my home,” Davis said. “They are pretty much a powerhouse and I love how they play defensively. I would definitely give Florida heavy consideration if they offered.”
In 13 games for the 11-2 Wildcats, Davis had 110 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery return for a touchdown.