UCF Prospect Profile: Jerome Davis

Jerome Davis has seen his interest increase rapidly over the past few months. UCF has made an impact on the versatile defensive lineman but where exactly do the Knights stand for Davis? The Buford H.S. (Ga.) product talks to InsideKnights.com about his recruitment thus far.

It's safe to say that expectations are high for Jerome Davis and the rest of his teammates at Buford H.S. (Ga.). After going 15-0 last season, Davis has another state title in his sight.

"I think we'll be pretty good this year," Davis told InsideKnights.com. "We might have a chance to go 15-0 again. We're working extremely hard, working out four days a week."

Davis is a large reason why the Wolves are predicted by many to again go undefeated in the Peach State. At 6'1", 255 lbs., Davis has head-scratching athleticism, being clocked in the 4.7s during the 40-yard dash. With the ability to play all over the field on the defensive side of the ball, Davis notes that his versatility might be one of his best attributes.

"Yes sir, I have the ability to play outside on the line or I can move inside as well. I also think I can grow some, which is an asset. I like playing outside, but schools have offered me at different positions. I can play standing up as well, so maybe I can be a hybrid player."

This versatility will serve Davis well, as he can fit in all types of defensive systems. If Davis does decide to go to a school that will look at him primarily as a defensive tackle, he will not worry too much about adding some extra weight.

"My coach always tells me that I have space to fill out more in my lower body. He thinks I can add around 30 more pounds."

Plenty of schools have taken notice of Davis' extraordinary potential. UCF, Troy, Appalachian State, East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Kent State, Ole Miss, Illinois, Oklahoma State, and others have offered the versatile lineman.

"It's a great thing," Davis said in regards to all the offers he is accumulating. He added that while some players get stressed with the process, he is not one of them. "I like it, I didn't know it would happen so fast because I don't have a lot of film."

With so many options, where does UCF stand for Davis?

"I like UCF," said Davis, who visited Orlando for the team's Junior Day. "There's real nice weather down there. My father took me down in April, we had a great time. The trip went well, I walked in the front door and I hadn't been shown a lot of love from previous schools before then. When I got there though, the coaches were showing me love and were like ‘where's this kid been,' it was nice."

Coach David Kelly, UCF's wide receiver coach, has impressed Davis as well, as he called him a great guy.

Davis' father has helped him early on in the recruiting process. As a running back coach for Buford, Coach Davis knows the recruiting game and has been very supportive for Jerome thus far.

"He has experience and is very wise; he's helped a great deal," Davis said about his father. "He keeps telling me to think of it as a business and that I shouldn't treat it any other way. He's also told me to fall in love with the school, not the coach."

Davis has also expressed interest in a vastly improving Oklahoma State team. He said that the spread offense that many teams in the Big 12 have gone to is a reason why he likes Oklahoma State, because he feels he could make a big impact in the league given his athleticism.

While there are some schools that are clearly standing out for Davis, he has his head on straight and will not rush to any decisions.

"I want to make my decision early, but not too early because I'd like to see some different places; maybe I can get a couple more SEC offers."

So when exactly will Davis make his decision?

"Sometime in September. I want to get my decision out of the way and have it done before senior year. That way, I can concentrate on academics and football, and not have anything else to worry about."

Sorry UCF fans, but you might have to wait a little longer for this Peach State stud to make a decision. If Davis decided to become a Knight, he would likely step in to UCF's defensive line rotation almost immediately, as the team has a tendency to keep one big end on the field most of the time (a la C-USA All-Second Team selection, Bruce Miller.) With Miller slated to be a senior, the team would love to attain a versatile end to replace him and Davis might be the perfect fit.

So don't hold your breath UCF Nation, because Davis knows the ropes and will wait until the time is right. Wherever he does land though, there will be one happy team who will have the services of a player who can effectively play three positions up front.

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