Malik Davis from Jesuit H.S. in Tampa has more than 20 offers but he recently narrowed his list of favorites down to seven schools. Indiana is one of the schools that made the cut and the 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back spoke with Peegs.com about why he is so high on the Hoosiers.
The talented prospect said a big reason he likes IU is because of the job they have done the last few years in developing running backs.
“They standout for me because they have kind of become the Running Back U,” Davis said about Indiana. “They have been producing great running backs for the last couple years and that is something that I look at. It is also a great school and I have built a strong relationship with the running backs coach (Deland McCullough).”
Davis feels confident that if he were to play at Indiana he would have a great chance at achieving a high level of success as a running back.
“That is pretty big because I know that I could go there and the same thing could happen for me,” he said about the success recent Indiana running backs have enjoyed. “I know they have a plan to develop running backs and get them where they want to be.”
With Davis the Hoosiers see a back that can be a threat as both a runner and as a receiver in their offense.
“Coach McCullough likes that I am an every down back,” Davis said about the message from IU. “He thinks I would be a great fit for their offense. He likes that I can catch the ball as well as run with it.”
The Tampa native currently has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, Arizona, Boston College, Iowa State, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Missouri, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, South Florida, Central Florida, Southern Miss, Florida International, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Georgia Southern and Liberty. He has cut his list down to Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami (FL), North Carolina and Pittsburgh. He has visited a couple of those schools and he plans on making trips to the other five at some point.
“I have visited two, Miami and North Carolina,” he said. “I plan on making visits to the other five schools on my list. I am not sure when I will decide but I don’t want to wait all the way until Signing Day. It could be before my season or it might be after my season.”
Whenever he does make his decision the athletic running back is looking for a school where he feels the most comfortable.
“The biggest thing for me is just finding a place where I feel like I fit in,” Davis said. “I have to go to school there for years so I want to be comfortable in the environment. Academics will be important. I am thinking about majoring in either business or sports medicine. I will major in one and minor in the other but I’m not exactly sure yet which one I will major in. Location isn’t really a big deal. It is something that me and my family could work around so I don’t think it matters that much.”
Before he makes the jump to the next level there is some unfinished business for him and his Jesuit teammates after falling just short of a state title last season.
“We went undefeated in the regular season but we lost in the semi-finals of the tournament,” he said about his junior year. “With the guys we have coming back I feel like we have a great chance to make it to state this year. This off-season I have just been working on getting bigger, stronger and faster. I am just trying to better myself all around as a player.”
Last fall Davis rushed for 2,337 yards and 28 touchdowns for Jesuit H.S. He also has the ability to be a defensive back in college.