Davidson Impressed with Facilities

An upgrade of the facilities in Ames has Iowa State topping the list of a Texas recruit from Dallas' A. Maceo Smith High School.

Billy Davidson, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound linebacker, can't wait to take his visit to ISU next month so he can check out the campus and plans for a new indoor facility that will be ready for use next year.

"They're building a new indoor facility and I really like that," said Davidson, who led his team in the tackles one season after earning all-district honors as a junior. "I heard Iowa State is really a good place to be. They don't have an NFL team, so it's basically the colleges that are recognized up there. I really like the attention that Iowa State gets.

"Iowa State has good coaches. I really like Coach (Tony) Alford and he keeps in touch with me. He's a nice coach and calls every once in a while. I haven't visited the school yet and will probably visit December 13 and 14."

Davidson's only offer to date is from the Cyclones, but he's also being recruited heavily by Colorado and Texas A&M.

"I really like the Big 12," he said.

Davidson plays strong-side linebacker for playoff-bound Maceo Smith, but because of his big frame will probably end up inside at the next level.

Offensively, he has rushed for 450 yards and five touchdowns on 78 carries as his team's starting fullback. Davidson is the lead blocker for heralded tailback recruit Ronald Simmons, another player the Cyclones are recruiting. Simmons has rushed for rushed for 1,874 yards and 17 touchdowns on 223 carries and caught nine passes for 225 yards and two more scores.

Playing together at the same D-I program is a big-time goal for both players.

"We want to go to the same school together," Davidson said. "We're really close and have been teammates since 10th grade. He used to go to Spruce and then transferred to Maceo Smith. We've been cool ever since. He's like a brother to me. We both want to go to the NFL."

But first thing's first and that's a first-round playoff game against Thomas Jefferson Thursday night. Maceo Smith finished 6-4 overall this season and at 3-2 was the third team from District 10-4A to earn a postseason bid.

Davidson, who has a 2.6 GPA, is scheduled to take the SAT next month and likes his chances of attaining a passing test score.

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