Chris Davenport is the top player in Louisiana for the 2009 recruiting class, and is Scout.com's #2 defensive tackle in the nation. Davenport had a dominating junior campaign, earning All-State honors after putting up 120 tackles, 20 for losses, 18 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 recovered fumbles. The 6'4" 307 pounder has seen his recruitment active early on.
"Recruiting is good right now. I just got an offer letter from Nebraska in the mail today. That puts me at 17 now. Schools like Michigan, FSU, LSU, USC, Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas Tech have offered me. I have been getting a ton of mail from Clemson, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Michigan State and all the Virginia schools."
Earlier this month Chris reported that LSU and USC were his top schools at this time. As it stands right now, that is the case, but he says that other schools are beginning to gain ground on the two powerhouses.
"LSU and USC are still out front, but schools are catching up. Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA and Stanford have been catching my eye lately. FSU is slowly making their way up my list, too. Right now I don't have a top 5, but I still have the two out front right now."
FSU has been in contact with the talented defensive lineman and are trying their best to get into the game with Davenport. While he doesn't know much about the program, it may be a good sign that he is willing and eager to learn more about what FSU has to offer.
"FSU is a school I am considering because of the defensive players they've had in guys like Derrick Brooks. I really don't know too much about them, but I am trying to learn more. I want to learn more. The coach I talk to, Coach Haggins, is a good guy to talk to. He tells me how the academics are good. I want to major in music, so he was telling me about the program they have there. He wants me to come down and take a tour of the campus, meet the academic staff, and all that. I am thinking about doing that."
With the Chris not knowing much about the Seminoles, at this time they have some work to do. But, according to him they have every opportunity to make their way up his list.
"If I had to make a top 10 list, FSU would be number 6 right now. I just have to go there and check it out. I need to look around and see if I like the place itself and to see if I can get along with the people there. I have to be around them for 4 years, so it is important that I see that I can mesh with them."
Davenport is a humble kid who already knows what he wants to do after football is over. Being one of the top players in nation according to Scout is an honor, but he is just trying to take everything in stride.
"Playing in the NFL is one of my goals and all, but I am looking too at life after football. I want to own my own music school and want to run my own rent-to-own furniture place. Being named one of the top players in the nation is a blessing, but I never take anything for granted. Football can be here today and gone tomorrow."
For Chris the main thing he is looking for in a school is the academics they offer. Playing time will come, and to him that is not a major necessity at this time.
"Number one thing in a school is academics. I want to see what they have to offer me. Secondly I want to see how many players graduate. Do players come back and get their degree if they leave early? Coaching staff is important. I want to see what the school can do for me after football is done. As far as playing time goes, if I can come in and play, good. If they want me to come in and redshirt, that is fine. Playing time isn't important to me right now. It'll come."
The fact that LSU is one of the top programs in the nation, and are coming off the National Title, it may be hard for a school to come in and get Davenport to leave the state. Chris says that the best fit will win out, but also that LSU provides a great opportunity.
"LSU provides a great opportunity to play for the home state school. You look at a kid from the Miami area, and say he has an offer from Miami and Georgia. If he sticks with the home school no one can blame him because that is home. I don't feel any pressure in that I have to stay here. LSU offer me an opportunity to play for the home school, and a lot of kids don't get that."
Chris says that he plans on taking all 5 visits and will decide when the time "feels right". Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Chris and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.