Kevin Davis is a wide receiver from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, the same school that Illinois prospects Jordan Wallace, Tyrone Pearson and Sheldon Day attend. Davis and his brother Wallace visited Illinois two consecutive weeks. Davis shared his thoughts on how the first visit went.
"The first visit went well. I went to a spring practice, met with Coach (Ron) Zook and got to talk to the players. After the scrimmage, we got to interact with players and coaches, which was really cool."
Davis and his brother came back a week later to watch the Orange and Blue Spring Game, where they were joined by many other Illinois prospects. He was impressed with how the team looked.
"The game was great. The receivers were really polished, and as far as the game went, they looked awesome. I've gone to a few other spring games, and I think Illinois looks really good."
The beneficial visits have left a good vibe for Davis. He thinks extremely well of Illinois as both a football program and school.
"I think Illinois is awesome, as far as a football program and in general. Their business school is 22nd in the country right now, which is awesome because I am going for a business major. God willing, if I get to that point where I get an offer, I'll decide from there."
Defensive Coordinator Vic Koenning has been communicating with Davis during his recruiting process. Davis has talked to him several times and has a positive perception on Koenning and the entire staff.
"I talked to him a few times while I was at Illinois. But the whole coaching staff is awesome. From what I have seen, Coach Zook and the rest of the staff are pretty good."
The coaches will be visiting the 5'-11", 175-pounder soon to evaluate whether or not they plan to offer him a scholarship. Davis is confident that an offer will come his way eventually.
"(The coaches) said they are going to come down and see me in the next few weeks, and if not by then, I'll come to a camp. I'm just waiting for God to give me a shot so they can see what I can do and hopefully get another Big Ten offer."
The coaches will not offer Davis without purpose. They will carefully evaluate his strengths and weakness and determine if he is worthy of a scholarship. Davis shared what he considers to be several of his strengths.
"I think I run routes well, I'm explosive off the ball, and I'm pretty quick too. I think I am a good leader—sometimes I lead vocally and sometimes by example. I go hard on every play.
And I'm the No.1 wide-receiver, so I have to show everyone by example. I show them what God gave me and work my hardest, leading by example for everybody else."
"I just feel like I could be that guy for any team I play for. I can be a very special player and have a lot to offer, as far as my ability to lead the team and skills."
However, as Davis knows, his game is and never will be perfect. He shared what he considered weakness within his game.
"I need to work on my all-around game because nobody is perfect. But specifically, coming in and out of my breaks. I didn't have a coach to teach me that in high school, but I feel like once I get in college and get the coaching and training I need, every guy in the stadium will take me."
Davis currently has offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue, Toledo, and Western Michigan, and he recently added Arkansas to the mix. Whenever he decides on a school, he has several keys to help guide him in that decision.
"The number one biggest thing is deciding with my brother because we want to go to the same school. He's been a big part of my life and recruiting process, and we both have dreams of going to the same college.
"It comes God first, then him. We push each other a lot. I remember when we were younger running hills in our backyard, and just those little things we do together to help ourselves get better to the point where we have two Division 1 guys in the same household. He's been a good lesson for me.
"And what my mother, my family and my coaches think is the best place for me. Third is education—what I can do when I get a degree and stuff like that. Also, how the interaction with the coaches is."
Other than the offers Davis has and Illinois, he doesn't know other schools interested in him because his coaches do not notify him of schools that may have interest. He does know about Pittsburgh, who recently came to watch him and Wallace practice. He believes an offer from Pitt is possible in the near future.