It’s rare for a player to decommit from a program and end up back in the fold after examining his options. But that’s the case with Daejon Davis.
On Monday, Davis informed Scout that he verbally committed to Lorenzo Romar, Washington.
“I’m going to Washington,” Davis said. “After looking at all the schools and evaluating them equally, I just felt the highest level of trust with the coaching staff and the highest level of trust and support system from their academic advisors sand their athletic directors and everyone I met back when I was committed.”
“I just realized college is a decision made off of a trust,” he added. “When I was making this decision, I felt most comfortable putting my trust in coach Romar and his staff.” http://www.scout.com/player/194306-daejon-davis Davis, a 6-foot-3 guard, had made an early committed to Washington, but backed off the pledge in mid-April. Davis opted to look around and took official visits to Stanford, Oregon, Gonzaga and Arizona to go with Washington.
“My initial emotion from decommitting was because I didn’t know if I wanted to stay home,” Davis said. “As I took my visit, I grew more and more convinced that I didn’t want to stay home. Then I took my final visit to Washington and I just got a total different perspective on it.”
“They just have so much to offer and it’s so close to home,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to be apart of another recruiting class, than the one in my home state. It’s a little bit of the hometown and mainly just my trust in the coaches. I just felt most comfortable putting my trust into people I’ve known for years.”
To go with trust, Davis, a standout at Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, also cited trust and that his siblings will get to watch him play.
“Just the communication,” he added. “My brother growing up is going to get to see me play at home. There’s nothing knocking Oregon or Gonzaga, it’s just more what’s best for me and what I feel is my best situation.”
Davis is regarded as the No. 45 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Davis sees himself as a lead guard, but he’s also certainly capable of playing off the ball.
“I feel like I can come in and lead right away,” Davis said. “I feel like I’ve developed relationships with guys on the team from my previous commitment and Jaylen Nowell is one of my best friends. I just feel comfortable taking on a leadership role. I’m just looking to make a great backcourt with Blake [Harris], Jaylen, David [Crisp] and the other guys that are there and just doing something special.”
Romar also developed a strong relationship with Davis and despite decommitting, he was aggressive and relentless in his pursuit of him.
“He’s a very genuine person,” Davis said. “If he tells you he wants you he really wants you, I know that from sure from decommitting and then him making a way for me to come even after four commits are already committed.
“He’s a very persistent coach for what he wants,” he said. “That really showed that I really trust him because he trusts me and he kept putting effort into getting me. He cared so much about me and the way he bonded with my siblings and my mom. He’s able to connect with anyone. He’s very a likable.”
The pledge gives Washington their fifth pledge of the 2017 class. Davis joins top five recruit Michael Porter, as well as Nowell, Harris and Mamoudou Diarra to make up their current class.
The class ranks No. 4 in Scout’s 2017 top 25 class rankings.