Marlon Davidson decided to stay close to home. The 5-star defensive end from Greenville, Ala., chose Auburn over UGA, Alabama, FSU and Michigan at a school ceremony on Friday.
He will now follow the path established by his older brother who also played at Auburn.
Ken Carter, his brother, played on the defensive line at Auburn for 2010-2013 and is now a member of the support staff. Davidson told the AJC in late July that if he had to choose a school at that time then it would be Auburn.
Davidson clicked off the reasons back then: 1) Familiarity; 2) Proximity; 3) A wide-open depth chart lane for him to get at least 200 snaps at defensive end; 4) The belief he’ll have a good college experience like his brother. Ken Carter has two degrees from Auburn.
It was still Auburn on Friday. He put on an Auburn hat that signified the 2010 BCS National Championship and mentioned how much that program meant to him and the members of his immediate family.
His older brother still is a part of the Auburn program. Carter serves as an analyst on the support staff. But Greenville head coach Josh McClendon said his brother had actually encouraged his brother to follow his own path.
Davidson is also planning to early enroll at Auburn in January to be on campus for spring practice to compete for a spot. It turns out his own path will be playing the defensive end spot at Auburn and not lining up along the interior of the line.
Davidson maintained during his recruiting process over the last two months that he would still take his official visits to Auburn, UGA, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan this season. He reiterated that point on Friday at his ceremony. He will still take an official visit to UGA.
Auburn coach Gus Malzhan sent out the requisite cryptic tweet afterward. He seemed happy to have a 5-star in the fold.
Boom!!!!! War Eagle!!!
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) September 4, 2015
Get to know Davidson: Davidson lost his mother earlier this year. He’s dedicated his senior year to her memory and will even wear jersey No. 47 in tribute.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.