Davis Wants to Explore Options

One of the top defensive ends in the Midlands region, Steve Davis currently has been presented with one Big 12 option and four Big 10 options. Will the Saint Louis native follow the path of many other Missouri preps in the past two years in staying close to home in Columbia or will he elect for the waters surrounding the Big 10 conference?

Steve Davis has helped his McCluer North squad to a 5-1 start, but had to watch two of the games from the sidelines due to a sprained ankle. Still, in the four games he has particpated in, he has made an impact, including having recorded four sacks.

It was stated by Gary Danielson of ABC during the Ohio State/Wisconsin telecast this past weekend that many felt after the quarterback and tailback position, defensive end may be the next most important position. That was stated to the fact of how much an end can disrupt one's offensive gameplan. While Steve Davis certainly has work ahead of him in the future, the raw athleticism and explosion is there for him to be categorized as one of those difference makers at defensive end.

"Right now, I have offers from Northwestern, and Illinois. Wisconsin seems to be real close to offering me, and has been showing a lot of interest."

Many felt this past spring that Steve Davis would have been committed to Missouri by this time. However, he is not committed, and does not have any plans to do so in the real near future.

"Missouri is an attractive option, and certainly is something I'm going to consider, but I wanted to explore my options. I'm still not even exactly sure what it is I'm looking for in a school because I seem to find something new everytime I visit a school."

One school Davis recently visited was Northwestern as he took in their game against Indiana this past Saturday.

"It was a real good experience, and I was impressed by a lot of things. They have a nice campus right near Lake Michigan, and you can't go wrong with a degree from there. If football doesn't work out, it sure is nice knowing they have a good academic school."

So then what are his thoughts on the home state Tigers?

"I really like the direction of where their program is headed. They've landed a lot of real good players over the past couple years, and they should have a very good team in the next couple years. That is something I'd like to be a part of, and I've built a good relationship with their coaches, including the coach recruiting me, Cornell Ford."

Davis also made a visit to Indiana this past summer where he walked away impressed with the Hoosiers.

"I like the way their run their defense as a lot of times they'll put eight guys in the box, and throw different looks at you. They are another up and coming program, and they have nice facilities. I also really like their coaching staff."

Has Davis set any official visits to this point?

"No dates have been set, but I have been talking about visits with the schools. I do know that I would like to take all five of my visits."

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