Perhaps one of the most undervalued (to date) big backs in the 2014 cycle is Austin Davis (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier), who is waiting on his first scholarship offer.
The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder has excellent feet and balance and deceptive speed, as is evidenced by a stellar showing for his high school last year when he touched the football (he scored touchdowns from 18, 13 and 45 yards out on his first three varsity carries).
Vanderbilt currently has shown the most interest in Davis and he took in the Commodores’ junior day on March 23.
“I really liked it a lot,” Davis said. “(Vanderbilt head coach) James Franklin definitely made Vanderbilt a top school for me. If Vandy was to offer me, I would be very excited. The school was awesome and I liked all of the coaches a lot, especially (offensive coordinator) John Donovan. He really knows what he is doing.”
Davis said he could picture himself playing in Vanderbilt Stadium. He is being recruited by Herb Hand for the Commodores.
Western Kentucky and Purdue also have received unofficial visits from Davis and he plans on returning to Vanderbilt on April 13 for the Commodores’ spring game. Southeast Missouri State also will get a visit on April 27.
Davis currently is rated as the No. 44 running back prospect in the 2014 class by 247Sports.