When 2015 corner back Davante Davis gave Syracuse his verbal commitment on May 6, he probably had no idea that other offers were going to come flying at him later that month.
Davis, a corner with great size (6’2”, 200 pounds), verbally committed to play for the Orange earlier in the month when he only held offers from Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Florida International, and the Virginia Cavaliers. He was the fourth recruit for the class of 2015. Davis attended Booker T. Washington High School, near the Miami area, and was reportedly hoping for an offer from the hometown Miami Hurricanes.
Since he verbally accepted Syracuse’s offer, there has been an avalanche of attention for the young player. He has now received more offers from higher profile programs, like Louisville, UCF, South Carolina, Ohio State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Georgia, and the almighty Alabama Crimson Tide. He also received an offer from the Hurricanes, but that seems miniscule compared to some of the top-tier programs.
Once an unranked prospect, Davis is slowly rocketing up big boards. He is now has a 3-star rating.
Davis had his junior season of high school football was cut short by a shoulder injury. He has good physicality and ball skills, which stems from his tight end play earlier in his football career. Davis is also a very physical player who succeeds in press coverage. He also excels in the running game because is not afraid to make or take a big hit to bring down the opposing running back.
The spotlight may make Davis reconsider his commitment, but if the Orange and George McDonald can retain his interest until he can officially sign in February, it will be a huge prize for the Syracuse recruiting efforts. Davis is one of many recruits in the class of 2015 from the South Florida area.
Right now, Davis seems to be holding tight on his commitment, but with other offers looming, who knows what he may decide. One thing the coaching staff can promise Davis is playing time. Going to a school like an Alabama or an Ohio State will not warrant a lot of playing time. A 3-star prospect can get buried on the depth chart very quickly. Davis has a chance to become a shutdown corner and a leader for Syracuse on and off the field. He could be a big fish in a little pond with the Orange, as opposed to one of many at an SEC school.
Posted by: Jason Weingold