Chad Morris’s influence on Auburn’s shift room is already felt on the recruiting trail, where the Tigers continued their recent wave on Sunday morning.
Auburn added a commitment from four-star quarterback Dematrius Davis of Houston, Texas. Davis, ranked as the nation’s No. 6 double threat quarterback, chose Auburn after being hired at Virginia Tech from November 13, 2019 to May 6, when he disengaged and reopened his recruitment.
“Auburn is going to have a player who is going to try to be a leader,” said Davis. “I’m not talking too much, but I’m trying to lead by example … I’m just going to be on my business. ”
The 6-foot, 190-pound North Shore High is ranked as Global Prospect # 130 in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking, which also ranks him as the 20th best player in Texas.
Davis has helped lead North Shore to consecutive 6A / Division 1 state championships in Texas, while recording a 31-1 record in the past two seasons. In the second year, he completed 71.6% of his passes while accumulating 3,350 yards and 49 touchdowns against only two interceptions. He followed him as a junior passing for 2,672 yards, rushing for 1,446 and scoring 54 touchdowns as he guided the Mustangs to a 15-1 mark and a second state championship. consecutive.
Shortly after Morris – the former Texas prep coach who also spent time at SMU and has deep recruiting ties to the state – was hired at Auburn in December, he targeted Davis as the one of his main quarterback prospects for the 2021 class and extended a scholarship offer. early January. Morris’ efforts have paid off in the past two weeks, as Davis canceled his engagement with Virginia Tech and was quick to sign up for Auburn, ultimately choosing the Tigers over the Hokies, LSU, Texas A&M and others.
Davis becomes the eighth member of the Auburn 2021 recruiting class, which had only four engagements until Friday. However, Gus Malzahn and his team made three commitments on Friday: three-star athlete Tar’varish Dawson, four-star tackle Caleb Johnson and three-star attacker Garner Langlo – before adding Davis on Sunday morning. .
Davis is the first quarterback hired in the class for Auburn and, if he signs with the Tigers, would become the first Texas quarterback to sign with Auburn out of high school since Tyrik Rollison in 2009 – although Rollison has left the program a year later. . The only other Texas quarters to sign with Auburn were the current USC head coach Clay Helton in 1990 and the current New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who began his career at Baylor before to go to a junior college and then join Auburn before the 2017 season.
With the addition of Davis, the Auburn 2021 class is now ranked 21st in the country, up seven places from 28th at the start of Sunday. The Tigers have advanced 29 places since the start of Friday, their class having doubled in size after a month of relative silence on the recruiting front.
Tom Green is an Auburn Beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.