Iowa WR Familiar with Sun Devils

It's hard for Pac-10 teams to pluck top tier prospects from the Midwest to play on the west coast. Nonetheless, an Arizona State connection just might help the Sun Devils' efforts in landing Cedar Rapids, Iowa wide receiver Keenan Davis.

"Arizona State offered me a scholarship a couple of weeks ago," said the 6-3 190 Keenan Davis. "They been sending me mail all year and have been talking to my coach – Tony Lombardi who played there. He told me a lot about the program and I also know (ASU recruiting graduate assistant) Ben Ray. I heard it's a beautiful campus, and I watched them play on T.V., so I'm real curious about them."

The 6-3 190 George Washington High School wide receiver collected 81 catches and 1,160 yards his junior year and found the end zone a total of 16 times (three of the scores coming on kick/punt returns). Davis earned first-team conference and state honors. The Warriors finished 8-3 last year and were eliminated in the quarterfinals. According to Davis his squad is projected to be in the top team in the state this fall.

Davis, who runs a 4.5, stated that he needs to improve his speed, do a better job getting off the ball and better his route running. "I'm a big competitor who hates to lose," he noted. "That's why I work hard to improve my skills."

The four-star wide receiver lists Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma as the programs recruiting him the hardest. "I only been to Iowa because it's close to home," said Davis. "It's hard with my schedule to go visit other schools, but I plan to try to make it to some of the schools in the summer. I'm sitting down with my coach trying to figure out the dates and everything."

While Davis doesn't deny that playing close to home does have its advantages, it's hard for him to dismiss the idea of going to a programs located hours away by car or plane when colleges all throughout the country are courting him. "If I do go out of the state my parents won't be able to see me as much," he explained, "but I got to do what's best for me."

Even though he admittedly grew up an Iowa fan, the wide receiver claims that his hometown college doesn't top his list of favorites. "I'm just real wide open right now," Davis stated. "I'd put Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona State and Kansas in my top five, but that can change."

Due to the fact that he hasn't gotten a chance to visit most of his suitors, Davis rules out the possibility of an early commitment. He plans to visit as many schools as he can during the season, and naturally visit others when the 2008 campaign is over.

"My decision is gonna come down very close to signing day," said Davis. "Whenever it hits me that ‘this is where I should go to' that's when I'll make my decision. Education, where I fit with the team and a program with good tradition are things that I'm gonna look at when it's time to choose a college."

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