Davis ready for "new journey"

Dabo Swinney and the Clemson coaching staff will welcome the rest of the nation's No. 12 recruiting class Sunday.

Cortez Davis Profile

Included in that group is Cortez Davis, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound cornerback.

Davis, who was rated by Scout.com as the No. 51 safety in the class of 2012, is set to compete for playing time at cornerback upon his arrival.

"I'm ready to start a new journey," he recently told CUTigers.com. "I've never really been that far away from home. It's not that far. My parents can come up to my games. I'm just ready to get up there and play."

As a senior at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach Fla., Davis had 40 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. On the offensive side of the ball he hauled in 58 catches for 878 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He's confident that early playing time could be on the horizon.

"I think I can come in and get some playing time," Davis said. "I've just got to come in and work hard, and learn the system. If I know the system well, I'll be alright."

One of two defensive backs signed in his class, Davis will room with a lineman and two linebackers—Grady Jarrett, Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony.

Davis is confident that he and his teammates will put together a successful campaign in 2011.

"I was looking at the schedule. I think we can be pretty good. I think we can with the ACC," he said.

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