Dominant Davis

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with likely future Razorback Adrian Davis (6-4, 195, 4.6). This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website.




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Rosenberg (Texas) Terry prep free safety Adrian Davis (6-4, 195, 4.6) is one of these guys that has flown under the recruiting radar, but has been pinpointed by the University of Arkansas.

In fact, the young man who is the cousin of Philadelphia Eagles safety Michael Lewis and had a whopping 132 tackles and 7 interceptions this season, should be a Razorback by this time next week.

Davis , a second-team Class 4A all-state pick who got an offer from the Razorbacks back in early November, is one of around 20 or so official visitors scheduled to arrive in Fayetteville this weekend.

"They have told me they have a few questions and I would be one of the answers," Davis said. "I plan on being."

Davis had his in-home visit with UA head coach Houston Nutt and Razorback assistant Chris Vaughn on Sunday.

"They just went over all their programs with me, talked about how strongly they push academics and service in the community," Davis said. "We also talked about the tutor program and who I would be rooming with. It looks like (fellow Texans) Wendell Davis and Torian Wilkins and that's cool with me."

Utah, SMU and Texas State are all trying to get Davis to take a visit to their school on Jan. 27-29, but that is not likely to happen.

"They are all calling and just really wanting me to give one of them a shot, but I have not set anything up and I don't think I will," Davis said. "I think everything I will need I will find at Arkansas when I get up there."

The obvious question questions are why somebody with this size, speed, bloodlines and stats has flown under the radar.

It appears mostly because after starting as a sophomore, Davis missed his entire junior season because of a knee injury.

He really didn't get back fully healthy in his mind until midway through his senior season and Arkansas caught a break when they went to see Rosenberg Terry tight end Erik Mensik - since committed to Oklahoma - and fell in love with Davis.

"I am fully healthy now," Davis said. "I felt pretty good during the first part of the season, but got to the point I felt like just cutting it loose about midway through the year. I got to a point where I thought it was stronger than it has ever been and I could come up and punish some people."

Davis, whose team finished 11-2 and lost in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs to Brenham, flourished as both a pass and run defender this season.

"My size allows me to really have good vision about what all is going on before and after a snap," Davis said. "I can lock down my area or man and I can come up and make a big impact when it is called for."

Davis has also been impressed with his phone conversations with Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring.

"He talks about all the talent they have there already and some guys they are going to have coming in this year to make the defense one of the best in the SEC," Davis said. "He has been straight up with me and tells me that he could see me making an impact as a nickel back next year. He tells me I am going to be the steal of the class."

Davis has been clued in on the lineage of great Arkansas safeties that have gone on to the NFL such as Steve Atwater, Kenoy Kennedy, Ken Hamlin and Tony Bua by Vaughn.

"Coach Vaughn is a great guy, a cool guy that really got me interested in Arkansas first," Davis said. "He's really done a good job of emphasizing the academics and the great tradition they have had with their safeties. I've done some research and it just seems like the perfect place for me."





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