Atlanta’s Tri-Cities High School is home to one of the Peach State’s rising prospects in Tristan Davis.
A terrific athlete who could project at a number of positions, Davis (5-11, 188. 4.5) has scholarship offers from Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Duke, Louisville, Kentucky, Clemson, Mississippi State, Arkansas and BYU. He’s also receiving heavy interest from Florida State and Auburn, two other schools high on his list of favorites.
“I’ve got a top five right now,” he said. “These aren’t in any order yet, but it’s Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Florida State and Auburn.”
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Asked what he likes about those programs, Davis offered the following:
“I like Tennessee’s history and the tradition of the program. I’ve watched them a lot growing up and been to a lot of games there. I love their fans. It would be cool to have 100,000 people cheering for you. Plus, my cousin, Jabari Davis, plays there, so the Tennessee connection runs in the family.
“What I like about Florida is the way they come to play every year and the confidence they have. I like their style. They’ve got great fans, too. I like the stadium and atmosphere down there. Coach Zook has been really good recruiting me. I think he’s getting some good recruits and building them back up again.
“Virginia is the school who has shown the most interest. They sent their head coach to see me. That was impressive. I think they’re coming up in the ACC and making a name for themselves. I also like the academics there. They’re supposed to be one of the best public schools in the country.
“I was a Florida State fan growing up. I loved watching players like Charlie Ward and Peter Warrick. They’ve got a good atmosphere down there for games, and seem to have a great team almost every year. They’re always in the running for the national championship.
“Auburn is a place I really liked when I went there for camp. I like the facilities a lot. They’re really good. I like their offense and how they use the running game, too.”
Most of the schools on his list are evaluating him as a running back, but some have mentioned the possibility of playing defensive back or receiver. He’s also a talented kick returner.
Davis has been to camps at Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and Auburn. He plans to visit Virginia, Florida and Florida State later this summer.
When viewing his list, many may ask where Georgia stands. Davis said he’s received a little interest from the Bulldogs but nowhere near as much as the other schools on his list.
“I just don’t think they’re very interested,” he said. “I’m trying to focus on these schools who have shown that they really want me.”
Academically, Davis carries a 3.0 GPA and has scored a 920 on his SAT, so he projects as a full-qualifier.
As a junior, Davis rushed for 524 yards in a backup role but is expected to exceed those numbers by far in 2003. On defense, he recorded 70 tackles and four interceptions.