Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss 2019 running back Tyrion Davis, who despite his commitment to LSU has made multiple visits to Tuscaloosa, Ala. What’s the latest regarding Davis’ recruitment?
4-star RB Tyrion Davis loyal to “RBU”
WALKER, La. — Tyrion Davis’ commitment to LSU came in the midst of a whirlwind this summer.
The 4-star Class of 2019 tailback camped in Baton Rouge and proved himself to be the top prospect at his position. Within hours, he found himself at Alabama, where he left with an offer in hand.
Before Davis arrived back home in Baton Rouge, he received a phone call for LSU running backs coach Tommie Robinson. He now held an offer from the Tigers.
Three return stops at LSU later, Davis came to a decision. He committed to LSU and became Robinson’s first running back pledge in the Tigers’ 2019 class. “That’s my family,” he said after popping.
An early commitment to LSU doesn’t mean the book is closed on Davis’ recruitment. Louisiana’s No. 2 junior tailback has since added an offer from Florida and former Southern University Lab (La.) coach Brad Davis and made several visits back to Tuscaloosa, Ala. Despite pushes from both SEC rivals, the Tigers remain on top because they don’t just want Davis, they need him.
“We’ve been talking every week, at least two times a week,” Davis told SEC Country after amassing 72 yards in his season opener last week. “He [Robinson] gets out of bed and is talking to me, and I really appreciate that. They [LSU] need me. The way that they’re losing players, I think so. It’s ‘RBU’ and they need more running backs to come in and take over.”
LSU will lose junior Heisman Trophy candidate Derrius Guice and senior Darrel Williams after the season. Beyond those two staples, depth is a major concern in the Tigers’ backfield in 2018 and beyond.
LSU currently holds commitments from two 2018 running backs, 3-star athlete Tae Provens and 3-star running back Chris Curry, who committed in June just days after Davis gave his verbal pledge.
The depth chart will play a critical role in Davis’ decision as he evaluates his fit in Baton Rouge, Tuscaloosa or Gainesville over the next year and a half. LSU currently holds an edge in that department, but he needs to consider all of his options between then and now to be sure.
“I see a lot of opportunities, but you just never know who they’re going to get or who they’re trying to get,” said Davis. “They can have four backs by the time I get there.”
Recapping stops at LSU, Alabama
Davis has continued the drive between Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa, especially in recent weeks.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound bruiser visited LSU for a practice right before the dead period in July. He then made his way to Alabama’s campus in August for a two-day visit.
Davis, the Class of 2019’s No. 12-ranked back, paid close attention to LSU’s new-look offense while visiting and left with a sense of optimism about what’s the come under first-year coordinator Matt Canada.
“They looked pretty good and I think they’re going to be ready,” said Davis. “I like Coach Canada’s offense and I think he’s going to come in and do a good job. I think they’ll have a real good record and I think he’ll turn things around there.”
Alabama is seemingly the biggest threat to the Tigers’ chances of holding on to Davis. Florida is another team to watch.
Davis has offered teammate and 4-star 2018 linebacker Damone Clark and also gotten teammate and 5-star 2019 lineman Kardell Thomas on campus for “Friday Night Lights.” Davis will make his first visit to Gainesville, Fla., when Florida hosts LSU in October. Alabama reeled in 4-star linebacker Christopher Allen a year ago, giving Davis connections to both schools.
The race between LSU, Alabama and Florida is certainly on. The depth chart, again, will be the biggest factor.
“I just feel comfortable with them [Florida], the coaches and how they talk to me and always check on me,” he said. “LSU, too, and I just like their offense. At the end of the day, what’s going to make me choose is how the depth chart is looking and who I’ve got to play behind coming in.”
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