Michigan Defensive End Hopes For UI Offer

The Fighting Illini recruited no defensive ends last year, and the two projected starters this fall are seniors. So the position is a priority for 2013. Among those prospects being evaluated for precious scholarships is Michigan's Daniel Davis, who visited campus last Wednesday.

Daniel Davis visited the Illinois campus from Grand Blanc, Michigan, Wednesday. He was impressed with everything he saw and heard.

"It was cool. They have a great coaching staff. I thought it was a beautiful campus. It's bigger than any other campus I've ever been on. I enjoyed seeing the Stadium and Press Box, and they showed me all the jerseys and apparel. I thought it all was real nice."

He was hoping for a scholarship offer. Was one forthcoming?

"There is no offer at this point, but I'm pretty sure it's coming. The coaches said I'm really high on the list. I think they want to see me in a camp during June, see how I perform. They will come to my school in May."

Most likely that will be Keith Gilmore, who is Davis's potential position coach should he attend Illinois.

"Coach Gilmore is my recruiting coach. He's a good coach. He's put a lot of players in the NFL."

The 6'-3", 240 pounder had a good junior season for Grand Blanc High School.

"I did good. I had 80 tackles and about 10 sacks."

The Illini will be seeking pass rushers, and Davis considers that his best trait.

"My strength is my speed coming off the ball. I keep hearing I have great quickness coming off the ball. I like pass rush best."

Davis is talking with several Big 10 schools among those contacting him.

"I'm looking at Indiana, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Syracuse, and I have some MAC offers at this point."

What does he want in a college?

"Education comes first. I plan to major in Business with a minor in Sports Management. After that, I'm interested in the coaches' schemes and where they would have me play."

Grand Blanc had a good 2011 campaign, and Davis believes 2012 might be even better.

"We went 7-4 during the regular season, and we won two playoff games. We lost in the regional finals to the number one team in the state by two points.

"We lost a couple key guys, but our all-state quarterback is back, and we have a real good linebacker in Luke Maclean, who is also being recruited by Illinois."

Does he plan any more spring trips?

"I might make some more trips this spring. It depends on what different schools think of me."

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