Even the most rabid Georgia fans probably didn‚Äôt know who Aaron Davis was until recently.
The walk-on cornerback moved up to the first team as new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt continues to shuffle his secondary.
So on Thursday, Davis drew a half dozen reporters curious about his story.
He said he received some recruiting interest from Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference programs during his sophomore season at Luella High School in Locust Grove before two knee surgeries changed that.
He contacted Georgia, his favorite school, and joined the program last summer as a preferred walk-on after the only other options were at Division III programs.
‚ÄúI felt like this was a better opportunity for me,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúIf I was getting recruited to be SEC, ACC, I don‚Äôt really want to cut myself short. I felt like I should step up to the challenge and walk on to a school because if I have to go to D-III and pay money anyways, I might as well go to a place where I want to be.‚Äù
Davis tore the ACL in his left knee in the spring before his junior season, but had to have another surgery due to a partial tear. He hasn‚Äôt played in a game at cornerback since his sophomore year at Locust Grove. His only other game since then was the final one of his senior season when he played receiver.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Davis didn‚Äôt get in a game last season for Georgia and only dressed out for three games, one of which was the bowl game.
Pruitt is a stickler for consistently doing things a certain way, including using the correct technique he teaches. That‚Äôs why Davis, who graduated from high school Summa Cum Laude and as an AP scholar, figures he‚Äôs been running with the first team.
‚ÄúI just feel like I did the right thing pretty much, what he‚Äôs asked for,‚Äù Davis said. ‚ÄúJust given him what he wants and I guess that‚Äôs how I‚Äôve been moving up.‚Äù
Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said Davis makes good plays on the ball and doesn‚Äôt bite on fakes.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been working pretty hard,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm just glad to see its paying off and he‚Äôs getting some of the reps that he deserves.‚Äù
Davis says he‚Äôs caught a couple of interceptions in practice and thinks he can get snaps or even start in the fall.
‚ÄúAs long as I continue whatever has impressed him so far,‚Äù he said, ‚ÄúI feel like I can maintain myself up there.‚Äù