Knows The Feeling

<b>Buster Davis</b> was one of the nation's most sought-after recruits coming out of Daytona Beach Mainland in 2002. Davis understands the process and knows what this year's recruiting notables, such as quarterback <b>Xavier Lee,</b> are experiencing as National Signing Day quickly approaches. Lee, who also is from Daytona Beach -- he attends Seabreeze High School -- and earned the state's Mr. Football Award last week, is considering Florida State.

Buster Davis was one of the nation's most sought-after recruits coming out of Daytona Beach Mainland in 2002. Davis understands the process and knows what this year's recruiting notables, such as quarterback Xavier Lee, are experiencing as National Signing Day quickly approaches. Lee, who also is from Daytona Beach -- he attends Seabreeze High School -- and earned the state's Mr. Football Award last week, is considering Florida State.

Davis said he's hopeful he can talk to Lee over the Christmas holidays before the Seminoles report to Miami for the Orange Bowl rematch Jan. 1 against the Hurricanes. FSU returned to practice Friday to begin preparations

UM. Of course, Davis also understands how this game can impact recruiting as well for both schools. UM has beaten FSU four consecutive times, including 22-14 in a driving rainstorm in Tally Oct. 11.

"Oh yeah, this is a real big game for recruits," Davis said. "We win this game and it's going to do a lot for recruiting for us. Plus, we haven't gotten many players from that (south Florida) area lately, and a lot of those guys will be watching this game."

Lee, considered one of the nation's top quarterbacks -- he's ranked No. 8 by TheInsiders.com -- is scheduled to visit FSU next month. He has already taken official visits to Auburn and Ohio State. Davis said he has spoken to Lee and offers advice when asked.

"Yeah, we've talked," Davis said. "He's obviously highly sought-after. I know he likes Auburn, Ohio State, us, Texas. Hopefully, we can pull him in here because we can really use him.

"He's asked about (Tallahassee), the depth chart, that kind of stuff. If he comes here he will have a great opportunity for a lot of playing time. I know we can't let him get out of the state. He's very special obviously. He's one of those guys you don't have to tell much, he just goes out and does it. Very sound fundamentally. Very coachable."

Davis, meanwhile, hopes to make an impact in upcoming spring drills. Davis, a former first-team USA Today All-American, has played mainly on special teams this year after red shirting last season. He's third on the depth chart at middle linebacker behind senior Allen Augustin and sophomore Sam McGrew.

Davis, McGrew, sophomore A.J. Nicholson and true freshman Ernie Sims give the Seminoles possibly the best young linebacker unit in America. Current starters Augustin, Michael Boulware and Kendyll Pope are all seniors.

"It's going to be a battle for playing time, that's for sure," Davis said. "Hopefully, I will get an opportunity -- the best three are going to start. It's going to be fun."


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