Tyrion Davis has been committed to LSU for nearly nine months, but the the 6-foot, 225-pound tailback from Baton Rouge hasn’t totally shutdown his recruitment.
After visiting Oklahoma a couple weeks ago, the 4-star running back attended Tennessee’s Junior Day on Saturday, and the Vols blew away the Southern University Lab School (La.) standout.
“This place really surprised me,” Davis told VolQuest. “I didn’t know the facilities were so great. I knew the coaches from Alabama. I pretty much knew them, but I got to experience the whole-9 with them at Tennessee today.”
Davis has picked up offers from Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M and others in recent weeks, but he visited the Vols this weekend due to his prior knowledge of Jeremy Pruitt and Chris Weinke. He spent nearly two hours with UT’s new tailbacks coach and had a long film session with Tyson Helton, too.
"It’s pretty good up here. I met the new offensive coordinator who was at USC. He was showing me how he’d use me and how much they need backs here,” Davis said. “They only have about three ‘backs, so they told me they liked me potential and how I’d fit in.”
Tennessee’s first-year offensive coordinator showed Davis film of future NFL tailback Ronald Jones II, specifically cut-ups from last year’s Arizona State game where Jones II rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
“They think I can catch the ball real well and read the zone, power really well,” Davis said. “They were teaching me a little bit of the offense they’re running and what my home run plays could be. They just kept telling me how much they needed me up here.”
Davis plans to return to Tennessee for a practice this spring. He could even be back on campus again this summer. He remains solidly committed to the hometown Tigers, but the Vols definitely entered the fray for his recruitment moving forward.
“I’m pretty loyal with LSU right now, but I really like what Tennessee is bringing to the table,” Davis said.
“I’m pretty sure, 10 times out of 10, that I’m going to take an official up here.”