Marlon Davidson is a 5-star, one of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects, and told the AJC last month that he would sign with Auburn if signing day would have been held on Aug. 1.
The elite defensive end from Greenville, Ala.,also said Alabama and UGA were right there with Auburn. He’s since declared he was “wide open” with his recruitment and also plans to make his commitment on Sept. 4.
What will it take for those schools to land him? Does UGA have a legit shot? How can it possibly overcome an Auburn program that his brother Kenneth Carter played for and is now a member of the staff as a football analyst?
Better yet: How could UGA ever pull a 5-star prospect away from Alabama if Auburn doesn’t land him?
Davidson shared all those answers.
“Georgia really has a shot,” Davidson said. “They can get my commitment and my signature if they simply just out-recruit everyone else for me.”
What would he do if Jeremy Pruitt and Tracy Rocker and the staff somehow pour more of their time into landing him than any other program?
“If they do that, then I will go to Georgia,” he said. “Just win the battle. People just don’t know how open my recruiting actually is even though I’m from Alabama. Just win the battle. It’s a dogfight with me. I want to see you scrap.”
Davidson knows the depth chart backwards and forward at Auburn. He’s been shown how the lane to his strong-side defensive end spot opens up for him. He credits Michigan for coming into his recruiting picture and staying in his mind with its interest. Florida State is another school which should receive an official visit.
The nearly 6-foot-5, 269-pounder believes he will need to get about 250-300 snaps as a freshman to make those Freshman All-American teams. He feels those are a corridor to future Lombardi Award consideration and his name landing high on NFL Draft boards.
“The coaches just have to represent a great education and those coaches just have to recruit me harder than any other school,” Davidson said. “That’s it. It is pretty simple. When I see a school do that, it means that school really needs me. It means I can come in and play as a freshman and play at least 250 snaps. That means I will see a way to go to that school and get out in three or four years or whatever it takes. That’s what it is going to take to help me get to the league. I am thinking about stuff like that when I’m thinking about which college I will go to.”
To everybody Marlon Davidson it's not guaranteed to go to Auburn or Alabama okay I'm free to anybody ???
— Marlon Davidson (@marlondavidson7) August 15, 2015
To all coaches and reporter the time for me is running out I'm ready to make my commitment September 4 ????
— Marlon Davidson (@marlondavidson7) August 13, 2015
Jeff Sentell covers SEC 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.