Arkansas back on Davis' Radar

Arkansas' banner season has West Monroe (La.) defensive star Luther Davis (6-4, 255) - a cousin of current Razorback Damian Williams - thinking that Fayetteville might be a place he ends up playing his college football after all and he might bring a few friends along as well.

It appears that a season of success for the University of Arkansas and a talk with his big brother has West Monroe (La.) defensive star Luther Davis simply what one might say is High on the Hogs right now.

Davis (6-4, 255), the nation's sixth-best defensive end according to Scout.com and someone who has already been selected to the U.S. Army All-American game, said Thursday night that the Razorbacks have roared back into his recruiting picture.

"Arkansas has got it turned around up for the best up there and really got my attention," Davis said. "They've got a lot of new things going up there and (Arkansas head) Coach Houston Nutt has got them doing some new things on both offense and defense and that he is not afraid to play freshman if they are ready to play."

Davis' brother Lucas Jackson played at Arkansas, but changed positions a couple of times and didn't get to play much and Davis said that left a bad taste in his mouth about the Razorbacks.

"You know I took the time to sit down with him and talk about it when Arkansas started getting it going," Davis said. "He told me that if he had to do it all over again, he would go to Arkansas again. While he didn't get to play as much as he would have liked, he just talked about what a great place it is, what great fans they have, how he made a lot of great friends and how there are just a lot of great people there.

"When you throw in that my cousin Damian Williams is already playing up there and starting as a freshman, there's just a lot of positives about Arkansas for me," noted Davis, who was last in Fayetteville for the Razorbacks' Red-White game on April 15.

Arkansas has made it clear how much they want him with defensive assistants Louis Campbell and Tracy Rocker both recruiting him and Davis getting a call Wednesday night from Razorback defensive coordinator Reggie Herring.

"Coach Herring called last night and let me know that there was a place for me and how he wanted me to get on board with the great things the defense is doing up there and plans to continue to do," Davis said. "Coach Herring said he could see me playing a lot early on, but that it wouldn't be up to him, it wouldn't be up to Coach Rocker, it would be up to me and how hard I worked once I got there."

Davis has done his homework on Arkansas defensive front.

"I know that Keith Jackson is graduating and heading to the NFL and I was talking to Marcus Harrison and he said he was thinking about it if the injuries had not cost him too much," Davis said. "Also Jamaal Anderson is just playing great and who knows, maybe he jumps to the league, too. All I know is that there is going to be some time there for somebody willing to pay the price."

Davis reports over 50 offers, but said Thursday night that his list now just includes Arkansas, LSU, Florida, Louisville, Michigan and Oklahoma.

"I'm definitely going to take visits to LSU and Arkansas," said Davis, who has already been on an official trek to Louisville. "I think I will also go check out Florida and then visit either Michigan or Oklahoma for my fifth visit."

Arkansas is also recruiting West Monroe cornerback Terry Carter (6-0, 180, 4.3).

"I think his style of play at cornerback is ahead of its time," Davis said. "I mean think about it – he's a 6-foot cover corner that runs a 4.3, but hits like a Razorback linebacker. He's got a lot of schools after him, but I think he is going to end up signing with Arkansas. I tell you who he reminds me of is Batman (former Razorback Ahmad Carroll)."

Davis has done his homework on Arkansas.

"I have watched every game they have had on TV this season expect for USC because we were playing that night," Davis said. "I'm really liking what I am seeing and they have really turned me around and have me thinking it might be the right place I need to be. I'm just going to take all five of my visits and see what is best."

If the possibility of having Davis and Carter wasn't exciting enough, there's also the possibility that Arkansas could also land Sterlington (La.) wideout Ahmad Paige, the nation's fourth-best receiver according to Scout.com.

Paige is currently committed to Florida State.

"I talk to him every day because we are great friends," Davis said. "He's wavering on Florida State because they have let go of their offensive coordinator and he's just having to see if that is a situation he still wants to be in. We've talked about Arkansas lately and I know he is looking at them hard now because he likes how they have used Marcus Monk."

Davis has not set up any of his final four visits yet.

"If things work out like they are supposed to, we are going to be playing those first few weekends of December and then I'll have to set up the visits after that," Davis said. "That's my main focus right now – just going out and winning football games and trying to win a state title."


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