Vandals offer Vegas showstopper

ROBB AKEY's vision for the Vandals' offense includes an air filled with footballs aplenty -- and then plenty of silver and gold showstoppers to take them to the house. One of those Idaho hopes will in February sign his John Hancock on a silver and gold Letter-of-Intent is an athletic, 6-2, 195-pound playmaker out of Las Vegas -- the Vandals recently offered the lad a full ride scholarship.

Akey called Preston Davis (6.2, 195, 4.58) a few days after Shadow Ridge High's season opener and the pair chatted for about 30 minutes, Davis said. At the end of the call, Akey told him the Vandals were offering him a scholarship.

"Idaho, so far from what I know, I've talked to three of their coaches and they all seem to be pretty well rounded guys. I really don't know much about the program but as far as showing me love, they're pretty good at that.

There will be competition, however, with Davis holding four offers including the one from Idaho and others seemingly close to putting one on the table. Others, such as Boise State, are also lurking.

"I've heard from (Boise State) about two or three times total. They seem like they're interested in me on the defensive side of the ball, they're one of the few who is still interested in defense."

FOLLOWING HIS JUNIOR year, most schools looked at the athlete and saw one thing at the next level -- a defensive prospect. But after his summer camp performance at wide receiver, many of them changed their minds.

"All the schools were first interested in me on the defensive side of the ball and then I went to a camp in Stanford and worked out as a receiver, that's when all the schools kind of shifted. I prefer receiver in college but whatever gets me on the field at the best program, that's what I'm going to play," said Davis.

Since Sept. 1, schools that have called Davis include Oregon State, Utah, Idaho, Boise State and UNLV. He holds offers from Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Air Force. Oregon State is a school the recruit in question says could be "close" to offering a scholie.

"Colorado hasn't technically offered but they're supposed to be close -- and Oregon State is supposed to be close too," said Davis.

DAVIS SAID how he fits into a school's system will be key to his decision.

"I want to be an impact player the second I get there," said Davis. "Obviously, that's something I have to earn. But I also feel athletically, that's something I could do...Oregon State, I like what they're doing out there. I know they've had some struggles at the quarterback position but they seem to be pretty well-rounded."

Colorado was the frontrunner after Davis' camp outing in Boulder but it is Utah he's now feeling the most.

"I had that feeling from Colorado when I first left their camp but I haven't talked to them (much) since then. Utah has been pretty high on my list. They keep in contact a lot and their scheme, with the four and five wide receivers could really benefit me.

Utah is high, Oregon State is up there, everybody who hasn't offered is probably "Medium" just because they haven't offered, but I'd say Utah is probably the only "High" one."

AN OFFICIAL VISIT to Utah is slated for Dec. 1, with others to follow. And Davis said he is in no rush to make a decision.

"All my officials should be planned for December and then I'd make my decision in January," said Davis.

AS A JUNIOR, Davis earned second team all-division at both receiver and defensive back in '06. He moved to linebacker this year and Shadow Ridge has gone to a wing-t, so he might not put up a big number of eye catching receptions or passes-defensed in '07. Four college offers, however, say far more than any stats ever could.

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