Strong-armed Ohio QB Has Interest In Illini

College football programs have been spending the last few weeks on their allotted month of evaluations of high school prospects. This is a time when underrated players have a chance to become recognized and recruited more heavily. Among those in this category is Ohio quarterback Ricky Davis. The Illini are among those checking out the strong-armed signal caller.

Ohio quarterback Ricky Davis played for Cincinnati Moeller last fall, but he was forced to change schools recently.

"I am new to Bishop Fenwick. I just transferred in January because my dad lost his job, and Fenwick is cheaper and closer to our house than Moeller was."

That hasn't stopped schools from checking him out in person this spring.

"I have had Akron, Navy, Minnesota, Boston College, Bowling Green, and Western Kentucky in to see me just this week. Wisconsin, Illinois and Ball State are coming in the next two weeks that I know of. I'm sure there will be more.

"Tennessee has asked for film, and West Virginia wants me at their camp. Akron, Bowling Green and Kent State have offered so far."

Davis visited the Illini campus recently.

"I went to the Junior day at Illinois on March 10. I watched practice, met the coaches, and saw the facilities. I loved everything about it."

However, he wants to learn more than was possible that busy day.

"I don't know a lot. I know they play in the Big 10, they have many famous alumni, nice facilities, and I love their offense. But I don't know much about the school itself."

Davis likes the Illini coaches involved with his recruitment.

"Coach (Alex) Golesh and Coach (Chris) Beatty are my contacts at Illinois. They both seem like straight shooters, very nice and knowledgeable about the game."

Davis has assets that should attract plenty of recruiting attention.

"My strengths are my arm strength and my ability to read defenses. When people see me throw for the first time they're like 'wow'--it's kind of funny."

If there is a drawback to his game, it's his need for more mobility.

"The main weakness in my game is my speed. I run a 4.8 forty, and I am working hard to get that down. I should be a 4.7 before the season starts."

The 6'-3", 200 pounder wants what all athletes desire in a college.

"I am looking for a solid, stable program, rich in tradition, with a high level of competition."

In the meantime, he's working to prepare himself and his new team for a strong run in 2012.

"They had a good year last year with eight wins and two losses. We expect big things next year. The only thing I worry about is injuries; we are not as deep as I would like at certain positions.

"We have some very good players coming back, and I plan to lead them into the playoffs. After that, you never know."

Davis may be new to his school, but he knows how important he can be to his team's success.

"I plan on helping the team by being a leader on and off the field, in the weight room, in the classroom and especially on the field."


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