Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss LSU’s running back commit, Tyrion Davis, who continues to draw interest from rival college football programs across the country.
Tyrion Davis ‘100 percent’ locked in with LSU
Fourteen months ago, Tyrion Davis’ first college offer still eluded him. He had received interest from Michigan — but only interest.
A month later, the 4-star bruising tailback picked up an offer from both Alabama and LSU and committed to the in-state Tigers shortly after. Since then, he has emerged as one of the most sought-after prospects in the country for the Class of 2019.
This spring, Davis toured through the country and made unofficial visits to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisville, among others. Considering how quickly Davis’ recruitment flipped from zero offers to 22, it’s hard to fault him for, as he says, enjoying the process. But make no mistake — those visits haven’t lessened the state of his commitment to LSU.
“It was good and I appreciate what the coaches do. Those schools have nice facilities, nice people,” Davis told SEC Country. “I’m enjoying the process. They’re good schools, but LSU is always home. It’s always home and always feels the same and they always show the same love.”
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound downhill runner recently clocked a 4.48-second 40 time at Nike’s regional camp in North Texas and punched his ticket to The Opening Finals this summer.
A rare combination of size and speed, Davis — the No. 14-ranked running back in the country — has drawn the attention of several schools. Some will receive official visits before he signs and enrolls early with LSU, but his commitment to the Tigers last June remains as strong as it did 11 months ago.
“I’m 100 percent,” he stated. “I’m loyal and I believe in loyalty. When you commit somewhere, you stick with it.”
Davis’ most recent visit to Baton Rouge came for the team’s annual spring game, and he had a chance to see the new-look offense in person.
Most notably, the 4-star back’s eyes were glued on the backfield and sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire, another local standout who has been in Davis’ ear for months. Both Edwards-Helaire and the LSU coaches assured Davis of the same thing.
“Clyde stepped up a lot, then we talk every day about playing with him. It’s something we’ve talked about since I was young,” Davis said. “I looked up to him when I was younger. Now, they’re telling me that: ‘We need you here, man.’ The coaches tell me how much they need me, too, and I can see it for myself. I can come in and start, and that’s the ultimate goal.”
Davis aims to get his weight down to about 220 pounds before his senior season at Southern Lab in Baton Rouge. He said he plans on taking all five of his official visits in the fall. LSU is sure to host the blue-chip back before his inks his national letter of intent in December.
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