One-on-One with Troy Davis

UCF nabbed commitment number seven on Saturday when Georgia native, Troy Davis, committed to the Knights. Davis, a three-star linebacker, is a gifted athlete, a humble person and is eager to play in black and gold. See what Davis told InsideKnights.com in this exclusive interview.

"It's a relief to get this decision out of the way," Davis told InsideKnights.com. "I'm really excited to be a Knight."

Davis is a highly routed recruit from Berkmar High School and was coveted by several big time programs across the nation. ECU had an offer to Davis, and Maryland and Vanderbilt were close to doing so as well. At the end of the day though, visiting and seeing UCF's campus and facilities up close helped separate the Knights from other programs.

"I loved the facilities and the coaches were amazing when I got on campus."

Of everything he saw at UCF, Davis was particularly excited about Bright House Networks Stadium.

"The stadium was great and I heard they were looking to expand on it. Coaches also told me that the students can make the stadium bounce."

What ultimately made UCF the place David wanted to attend however was the coaches.

"The coaches were great through the process. Everyone had a lot of energy," said Davis, who also claimed that Geoff Collins, UCF's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, made a big impact on him. "Coach Collins was crucial in my recruitment and it helps when you're being recruited by your position coach."

Davis knows that Collins will be vital in helping him improve as a player. "He will definitely help. I feel like I can improve on reading keys. I'd also like to get a little bigger."

At 6'1", 215 lbs, Davis has solid size and a great frame to bulk up, but he is a player who relies a lot on his speed. A player with 4.5 (40-yard dash) speed, Davis is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker who has an aggressive, attack style of play. Davis uses his speed to blow up plays in the backfield and he runs down running backs from behind on a regular basis.

"My strengths are that I am athletic and that I am explosive," states Davis.

Coach Collins has told Davis that he could envision him playing all three linebacker positions. Davis knows that being in a situation to learn three positions could be somewhat arduous, but he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team.

"I expect to work hard, to compete and to do what I can to help out the team."

With Davis' dedication to his craft, the Knights know they have a winner, but it helps that Davis is ecstatic to be calling Orlando his home for the next several years.

"I love it down there (Orlando). It really felt like home."

Davis loves the campus, loves the city and loves the facilities, but most importantly, he loves what the UCF program is and what it can be.

"The program has grown a lot and there are some real good things happening. They have won some big ball games." However, Davis thinks UCF can get even better. "I am setting goals at UCF. I want to go out and win games. I want to win a BCS Championship."

He might have set the bar high, but if UCF can bring in more players with the work ethic and talent Davis offers, a BCS bowl game may not be out of line in the near future.


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