Enrique Davis: From "War Eagle" to "Hotty Toddy"

Derek StephensSenior Analyst IJuly 26, 2008

At the end of the 2007 recruiting period, Enrique Davis was an Auburn Tiger.

Today, he is a Rebel.

How did this happen?

Enrique Davis, the No. 4 ranked RB in the 2007 class by Rivals, originally signed with Auburn in February 2007.  He was the prized recruit in Tuberville's 2007 class, but Davis was declared by the NCAA academically ineligible and had to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy for one year.

While at Hargrave, he stood firm with his commitment to Auburn.

Until December 13, that's when Tommy Tuberville hired spread guru Tony Franklin from Troy University as his offensive coordinator and Enrique a running back, was not thrilled to say the least. Tommy tried to explain, but Enrique still didn't buy in.

On January 18, a little less than three weeks from signing day, Enrique announced that he was decommitting from Auburn and searching for other options.

He wasn't shutting the door on Auburn all the way though. He narrowed his choices to Oregon, Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, Maryland, and Ole Miss.

On February 6, five star prep recruit Enrique Davis shocked everyone when he put on a Rebel hat in front of a crowd on signing day at Hargrave.

Now, he is enrolled at Ole Miss and ready to compete with junior Cordera Eason for the starting position. At 6'0" and 210 pounds with a 4.35 40 time, Davis looks poised to compete.

Many Auburn fans were disgusted, understandably, to hear the recruit they had been after for a year and a half had signed with an SEC West foe. Enrique Davis was only behind Joe McKnight, Noel Devine, and Marc Tyler at the running back position in the class of 2007. 

Davis may not start initially, but he is arguably going to be best 'back Ole Miss has had since Deuce McAllister.  He will likely get many carries this season, if not the majority, and has All-American Michael Oher and All-SEC John Jerry to block for him. 

Enrique Davis is already feeling the hype.  Phil Steele, in his popular preseason magazine, situated Davis in second team All-SEC before he's even taken a carry.  He was rated the No. 1 prep recruit in the nation by both Scout and Rivals and was named one of the SEC Impact Freshman for 2008 by ESPN. 

If Ole Miss is to have a breakout year, many argue that Enrique Davis will have to play a big part in that.  Can he live up to the hype?  Only a month until we find out for ourselves.