Jarrad Davis: LB will play against UGA-bound teammates at Auburn

Auburn-bound LB Jarrad Davis has a 3.86 core GPA (AJC)

Auburn-bound LB Jarrad Davis has a 3.86 core GPA (AJC)

While at least two of his high school teammates will sign with UGA, Jarrad Davis will play college football at SEC rival Auburn.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Camden County High School committed to Auburn over a football scholarship offers from Tennessee and Duke on Saturday. He also had interest from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

“Today just felt like the right time to do it,” Davis told the AJC. “Last time I visited Auburn was a couple of week ago, and I almost committed then. Today, I felt like I needed to do it. It just felt right. I didn’t want to push the limit, so I decided to go ahead and do it.”

Two other rising seniors at Camden County, QB Brice Ramsey and WR-DB-RB JJ Green, have committed to UGA, while other one (OL JP Vonashek) may pledge to the Bulldogs any day. Davis had limited contact with UGA.

“The Georgia thing, it is what it is,” Davis said. “We’ll always talk and joke about it. They’ll say ‘You’ve got to come to UGA, you’ve got to come to UGA. That’s where you need to be.’

“But yeah, looking into it, they’ve recruited [three] linebackers that have committed. I really didn’t feel that bad about not getting an offer from them. It’s an in-state school. I would’ve loved to have gone there. But I’m really happy I’m going to Auburn right now more than anything.”

Davis, who has a 3.86 GPA, hasn’t ruled out checking out some other schools before signing day. “I might take some official visits in the fall to other schools just to see what they are like. But I’m not de-comitting from Auburn. I’m set in stone with Auburn.”




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33 comments Add your comment

pat dyes liver

April 14th, 2012
10:07 pm

only losers go to auburn


April 14th, 2012
10:15 pm

Seems like a good kid to lose!! 3.86 grade point average!! “I would have love to have gone there”!! 6′2″ 215 lb LB!!! Time will tell!! We’ll see!!! How soon for JP????


April 14th, 2012
10:16 pm

Don’t do it young man, think more of yourself than to commit to a program like that.


April 14th, 2012
10:34 pm

Dawgs probably take 4-5 ILB and 2-3 OLB. Be patient and offer could come. Gates was 3 star recruit and got his offer at 11th hour. he is now the starting OT.


April 14th, 2012
10:35 pm

Georgia Tech needs to get Nick Saban, if he won there, i would say that he would be the best coach of all time.. hands down!!


April 14th, 2012
10:40 pm

leave the spot for reuben if we can some how flip him

Robert Chambers

April 14th, 2012
10:52 pm

Congratulations, You picked a great School. You will get a great education and have an opportunity to win a lot of football games.


April 14th, 2012
11:25 pm

Congratulations to Jarrad Davis on his opportunity to play college ball @ Auburn. From the looks of his GPA it appears he has been working hard in the classroom and on the football field. I love it when guys like that have a chance at success!


April 15th, 2012
12:10 am

I wish Jarrad the best at Auburn…………with grades like that, I’m sure it was hard for Richt to look the other way………….but I betcha an offer will be forthcoming from DAWG land………………..NOW THE BIG STORY……………Me?, I waiting for JP Vonashek to committ………..that boy is a stud, and while I feel better than most about our OLine………….You can never have too many big ‘ol good’uns on both sides of the ball……………………GO DOGS

Red Dog 77

April 15th, 2012
12:23 am

Good attitude, kid. Best of luck over there.

Red Dog 77

April 15th, 2012
12:25 am

Stealin’ my handle. Uncool.

Good luck young man ........work and enjoy college.

April 15th, 2012
12:27 am

Fun time in the life of a young college bound athlete. Good luck to you and Go Dogs !!

UGA class of 71 & 73

uga looser

April 15th, 2012
12:38 am

why bash this guy i bet no other dawg that has comitted has a 3.86 gpa


April 15th, 2012
1:53 am


Guys like you are why I am not terribly sad to see your team lose. “I would have love to have gone there” … where was that in the article? The article states: ““I would have loved to have gone there”, which is 100% grammatically correct. 6′2″ 215 pound LB? Dude, schools recruit DEs that are that size all the time, and LBs that are as small as 190 lbs. Davis could EASILY be a 6′3″, 245 lb. monster by his junior year.


If Davis is “patient”, the UGA offer may never come at all, plus Auburn and Tennessee may not hold spots for him. Last year, a 3 star kid in Darius Philon had the chance to go to Auburn, but decided to chase Alabama instead, and when ‘Bama dropped him, his spot at Auburn was gone to somebody else. They still had scholarships available, but chose to hold them for 3 higher rated prospects (2 four star OLs who committed and a 5 star WR who didn’t) and for what they expect to be a great season next year now that they have finally gotten rid of Ted Roof.

If you are a 3 star player at any position other than OL and QB (and possibly WR, and even then only because WRs can be switched to DB) then you are a dime a dozen and much better off taking the first good offer that you get, and enrolling early on top of that. Waiting on UGA could result in this kid winding up at Wake Forest, Central Florida or Mississippi State.


Where else do you want him to go? If his going to Auburn bothers you so much, then your problem is with UGA for not offering him. Auburn has always been the “second choice” for kids that UGA (and Florida, LSU and Tennessee) don’t want. That they’ve still had all that success (national title in 2010, and should have gotten titles in 2004, 1993 and 1984) and put all those guys in the NFL despite their being a fallback school for so many guys shows that the coaching just might be generally better in Auburn than in Athens. But if you want to stop all that good talent from leaving the state for Auburn and nearly everybody else in the SEC, then UGA fans need to root for Georgia State to get into Conference USA or the Big East as soon as possible, and start sending their checks down there to make it happen. And also root for Georgia Tech to get rid of their current coach (this is precisely the profile of a kid who should be going to Tech … good athlete, good grades and from a good high school program) in favor of one who could actually recruit. As much as I hate to say it, George O’Leary actually did a better job recruiting – and did so when there was much less talent in the state back when the ACC was much better and more competitive than it is now – than CPJ is.

magnolia dawg

April 15th, 2012
2:08 am

Most georgia kids normally do well at auburn…………good luck son. Go Dawgs


April 15th, 2012
2:16 am


Oh, you are a UGA fan. That explains everything. You guys didn’t “lose” Davis because you didn’t offer him in the first place. Also, Davis is almost as big NOW as Thomas Davis and Odell Thurman were when they were starting for UGA. You’re just another UGA fan whose real problem is how Auburn is so good at taking guys that you don’t want, beating you with them and sending them to the NFL. Sure, you guys have the better record head to head, but Auburn beats you Dawgs WHEN THEY REALLY HAVE TO (like in 2004 and 2010).

Now Auburn has an excellent DC who really knows how to get the most out of his LBs, especially smart ones like this kid who can read the offensive formation and make calls and get guys in position on defense. (Don’t let VanGorder’s tenure with the Falcons – which was mostly a reflection of the lack of talent – fool you … he is going to have the same sort of aggressive, playmaking defenses at Auburn that he did at UGA, and if anything his 7 years in the NFL will make him better.) So if this Davis kid can actually play, he will cause you UGA fans real problems for the next 4 years, and that is what you should really be concerned about.


April 15th, 2012
4:48 am

Gerald, AU hasn’t beaten UGA but once out of the last 5 tries, and everyone in the country knows what you did that year. AU bought and paid for a NC a couple years ago, everyone in the sporting world knows it but the NCAA only saw $$ signs and opted to ignore it. The 12 season should be an intersting one for AU, lost your OC, lost the biggest producer to transfer. Wish this kid had waited a little longer, maybe he would have gotten a UGA offer, too bad he had to settle on AU, especially an athlete that is serious about his grades.

Destin Dawg

April 15th, 2012
7:40 am

Awlbarn will be lucky to go 6 and 6 this year !!!

New World Man

April 15th, 2012
8:35 am

@uga looser
“why bash this guy i bet no other dawg that has comitted has a 3.86 gpa”

No UGA fans have “bashed” this guy. They are actually wishing him good luck. Also, learn how to spell “loser”.


April 15th, 2012
9:15 am


What is your problem with Rhall? He said he was a good kid, good GPA, he is not happy we lost him by not offering yet. More like a statement asking “did we shoot ourselves in the foot, and only time will tell”.

If he felt at home at Auburn, he should go there. I’m happy he had an opportunity that made him comfortable this early in the process. I just wish the kids would not commit until after they take their


April 15th, 2012
9:17 am

official visits. That’s when they most often switch teams and stay targets. I say if you commit then just commit and stick to it.


April 15th, 2012
9:40 am

Looks like the type of kid that can really see his recruitment pick up with a strong senior season. Congratulations to him and his family for his commitment to Auburn but if an offer comes from UGA, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him flip. Especially with his HS teammates in his ear.

Regardless of where he goes, I wish him the best of luck and a successful career on the field and off.


April 15th, 2012
10:02 am


3.86 “core” GPA according to NCAA admission stds., not too bad.

But then again, GT & CPJ have trouble Recruiting here in Ga. because GT’s “elite academics” eliminate so many of the BCS-level D1-A Prospects.

charles s.

April 15th, 2012
11:42 am

Gerald, your reading comprehension leaves a lot to be desired. RHall’s post was complimentary of the kid. The fact that he isn’t fully adept at expressing his thoughts on a message board doesn’t mean that a semi-intelligent reader can’t use context to conclude he thinks this kid would be a worthy addition to the UGA squad. He even remains optimistic that it might happen, still.

You wrote two novellas based around a single misinterpretation. Get with it, dude.

Dawg Tired

April 15th, 2012
1:00 pm

He’ll be the smarter player of the Auburn team. Seems like fine young man. Hope he does well, as he most likely will.

Dawg Tired

April 15th, 2012
1:02 pm

“smartest” not smarter. Sorry.


April 15th, 2012
1:10 pm

Best of luck young man ! Keep that GPA up and whether or not football pans out your still set. Go Dogs!


April 16th, 2012
12:02 pm

congrad Jarred and welcome to War Eagle Country. Looking forward to seeing you play. Glad to have you.


April 16th, 2012
12:04 pm

How do mutt fans deride a young man as outstanding at this brilliant young person?

All YOUR players do drugs, get suspended and then wind being nobodies!!

The young man is going to a great academic university with a national championship under it’s belt and he’ll much better off than if he chose Drugs, In.c!!


April 16th, 2012
12:12 pm

@TruthHurts….pick up a book and read it. It helps with spelling and sentence structure.


April 16th, 2012
12:15 pm

This guy is too smart for UGA. He probably doesn’t even know what the inside of a jail looks like. ” GO GAMECOCKS “


April 16th, 2012
3:47 pm

With a 3.86 gpa, he’ll be the smartest player in the state of alabama.

Championships and Scholarships

April 17th, 2012
10:55 am

Jarrod, good for you, getting the opportunity to play at the next level. I have wathced this play for a while now and he has always been tough. Very smart and intelligent. Parents have done a wonderful job raising him. He can still put on 15-20 pounds and be effective. He has always had good grades. Jarrod proud of you young man. Look forward to following you at the next level.