Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers just recently received a bit of good news on the recruiting trail. It's being reported that 4-star inside linebacker De'Shaun Davis has committed to the Tigers program.
Davis is a good in-state pickup for Auburn, and he projects to be a very talented player at the college level. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 22 inside linebacker recruit for 2014, and the No. 21 player from the state of Alabama.
When you put that in perspective, realizing that Alabama generally boasts a plethora of very talented players, being the No. 21-ranked player from the state in the class is not half bad.
Bryan Matthews of 247Sports reported the commitment via the Auburn Undercover chat board:
"4-star linebacker Deshaun Davis from Vigor in Mobile, Ala., has committed to Auburn. He was offered this morning by Gus Malzahn. More to come."
The big thing to note here is the fact that Malzahn offered Davis this morning and the linebacker recruit has already decided to commit.
That points to two things in my mind.
Firstly, Davis must really be sold on the Tigers. He's from Mobile, Alabama, so one can see how that makes sense. He's the type of player that Malzahn needs to bring in, as it's going to take complete dedication to turn around the program.
Davis' quick commitment also reiterates the trend that many of us in the recruiting world are seeing, and that trend is that Auburn has gained an incredible amount of recruiting momentum and swagger with Malzahn and his new staff at the helm.
The Tigers finished the last cycle as one of the hottest programs on the recruiting trail, and they don't seem to be slowing down just yet.
In regards to Davis' skill set, he has great size for an inside linebacker at 6'0'', 225 pounds, but he plays with great agility for as big as he is. He has a quick first-read step and he gets downhill fast. He plays physical at the line of scrimmage and he's big enough to take on lead blocks, shed and make a play on the ball-carrier.
Davis displays the ability to diagnose plays and he's very adept at scraping over a block, running the lane and getting to the ball-carrier. He's very fast for an inside linebacker and should be comfortable in open space. He can drop back into pass coverage, turn his hips and make a play on the ball, and he's also a sideline-to-sideline run defender.
Without a doubt, the Auburn Tigers have landed the commitment of a very talented recruit.