Kyle Davis enrolled at Auburn in January and could contribute early in his Tigers career.
According to Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee, he could mimic the career of a former Auburn star.
“Kyle Davis is basically Sammie Coates right now, he’s big, physical and can run,” Sallee told Alabama Media Group and ESPN’s Cole Cubelic.
Coates played for Auburn from 2012-14, catching 82 passes over his career for 1,757 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He went on to be a third-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is entering his second season in the NFL.
Davis, who has almost exactly the same build as Coates at 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, was ranked as the nation’s No. 9 wide receiver in the Class of 2016 and the country’s No. 72 overall player, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He was one of four wide receivers Auburn brought in this season, including 4-stars Nate Craig-Meyers and Eli Stove, as well as 3-star prospect Marquis McClain. Of those four, Davis was the only wide receiver to enroll early, but was sidelined during spring practices because of a shoulder injury.
“The good thing with Kyle was that he was able to get a spring underneath his belt, even though he didn’t practice, which is fine. He can see how we do things, he can see how I coach, he can see how I teach,” receivers coach Kodi Burns said during the offseason.
“That was really good for him to sit back and say, ‘Hey, coach, what do I do on this route? What do you think on this play?’ He was in the meetings, he was at practice, we worked with him after practice, before practice. He got mental reps as well as physical reps. Just having him around was really big this spring.”
The Tigers certainly hope that another Sammie Coates is in the works.