Bloomington – Jeremiah Davis has been frustrating college coaches as of late.
While many of the top 2010, 2011 and 2012 recruits have been bouncing around to various college campuses and taking either official or unofficial visits, the 6'3" junior from Muncie (Ind.) Central H.S. has been staying put this fall. It's not because he's looking to frustrate college coaches or because he already knows where he's going to college. Instead, it's a family decision.
Jeremiah said he's been going to Muncie Central's varsity football games to watch his younger brother, Aaron. The younger Davis not only played varsity this fall but was the team's starting tight end as a freshman. Aaron made a significant impact in his debut season, catching six touchdowns with his older brother generally on hand on to watch him firsthand.
"It's really different watching instead of being the one being watched," Jeremiah said. "But I was really excited that he did so well this year."
The opportunity to watch Aaron play was special for Jeremiah, but it undoubtedly disappointed some college coaches who had hoped to have him on campus in recent weeks for visits. That included Indiana, which had hoped one of their top 2011 recruiting targets would be on hand 10 days ago for Hoosier Hysteria. Davis was unable to make the trip since his Aaron had a home game against Huntington North.
"Some coaches were kind of mad that I couldn't make some visits, but they understood," Davis said. "They understand that family comes first."
Now that October is winding down, though, Davis' calendar is clearing up. Muncie Central's football season ended Friday night with a 41-7 sectional loss to Muncie Southside, ending their season at 3-7.
"I'm not exactly sure where all I'll be going, but we're going to be making a couple of stops here coming up," Davis said.
IU Coach Tom Crean is expecting one of those stops to be to Bloomington. Davis has been on the IU campus a handful of times in recent years, and he said one of IU's upcoming scrimmages or an early season game are all possibilities for his next unofficial to the Bloomington campus.
"They want me to come down pretty much whenever I can squeeze it in," Davis said.
With a commitment from Austin Etherington already in the books for 2011 and an offer on the table for Davis for almost a year and a half, it's clear that Indiana would like to add Davis' name to its commitment list sooner rather than later. But Davis said the Indiana staff has never suggested that there's a need for him to make a decision soon.
"They've been really good about being patient with me. They really haven't put that much pressure on me at all," Davis said.
He, in turn, isn't putting a great deal of pressure on himself to make an early decision. He has offers from the likes of Indiana, Michigan State, Tennessee and Arizona, among others, and is still going about the process of seeing what program would be the best fit.
"My frame of mind is whenever everything lines up, that's when I'll make the decision," Davis said.
Indiana figures to be right there with him to the very end. Davis said that the IU staff has talked about him playing a role similar to the ones that former Marquette stars Jerel McNeal and Dominic James did when Crean coached them in the Big East, and that he'd have a chance to be an immediate impact type of player.
They also continue to talk to him about the special opportunity to be an in-state player who plays at IU.
"They want to keep the best players in Indiana – that's something he wants to do really badly," Davis said. "That's always been their main pitch to me."
Decision A No Brainer for Muncie's Davis
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