ATLANTA -- Last fall, linebacker Jarrad Davis (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) made plays all over the field for the Wildcats. A Region 3-AAAAA first-team selection, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior had 61 tackles, two sacks, three fumbles causes, two fumbles recovered and two passes deflected. He had similar results in the Rising Seniors Junior Bowl All-Star game, leading the East team with eight tackles.
After suffering a broken ankle in June, it was unknown if Davis would be back in time to showcase his speed for Saturday's season opener versus Peachtree Ridge, and even then, just how explosive he would be on the field. After an impressive performance Saturday night, Davis left no doubt he was back to 100 percent.
"It felt great to get back out there and hit people," Davis said. "I was really excited and kind of got overwhelmed with the game speed, but I caught back up and calmed down as the game went on. It is just one of the many things I have to continue to work on."
Programs like Duke and Tennessee extended offers to Davis during the spring but the speedy linebacker, who says he is now up to 215 pounds, committed to Auburn while attending its spring game back in April. He plans on making several return visits to the Plains this fall.
"I am going to try and visit Auburn for the LSU and Georgia games, maybe one of those as my official," Davis said. "I am solid to Auburn and I think it is a great school. Our class coming in, especially on defense, has a chance to be incredible."
Auburn has two commitments from five-star prospects and five ESPN 150 prospects on defense, giving the Tigers the No. 4 recruiting class heading into the 2012 college football season. Davis says he enjoys not being in the limelight, and hopes to remain that way in college.
"My goal is to become a better football player overall and someone who works hard all of the time and stays under the radar," Davis said. "I do not need all of the fame and fortune, I just want to play football and have fun."