Raaquan Davis is trying his best to keep the recruiting process manageable. He doesn't want it to overwhelm him as he's seen it do to other prospects.
"I'm just taking it day by day and not letting it go to my head," the Class of 2013 linebacker said. "I'm trying to take breaks from it so I don't get burned out. On the weekends, I stay away from talking to coaches. I just chill with my family. They help me out a lot when it gets stressful."
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Rockwall (TX) Heath High reports picking up a scholarship offer from Iowa last week. He said that Baylor, UConn, North Texas, Wake Forest, Purdue, Northwestern, Tulsa and Ole Miss also have offers on the table to him.
"I want to get out and see some schools this summer," said Davis, who has visited Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, North Texas andTCU. "I mainly want to see the ones that have offered me that I haven't been to."
Iowa sits on that list of trips for Davis. He said the Hawkeyes are newcomers to his recruitment.
"I just met Coach (LeVar) Woods lwhen he came out and watched my scrimmage last Tuesday," Davis said. "He offered me that night."
"He told me that he thinks I would fit well into their defense. He likes how I can get from sideline to sideline. He likes that I'm versatile enough to play any linebacker position."
Davis moved from safety to linebacker for the fourth game of his sophomore season. He's been there ever since that time.
"I play physical," Davis said. "I'm not afraid on contact. I'm also quick."
"The most important thing is the coaching staff," Davis said of choosing a school. "I want to be around good coaches who are down-to-earth people. I want them to make me better as a player and a person so I can help the team. I want the players to be like family. I want to go somewhere where academics are first and not sports."
Davis said he will major in pre-med in hopes of one day being a doctor. He likes what he's learning about Iowa.
"After talking to Coach Woods, I know the student-teacher ratio is pretty good there," Davis said. "It's like 15 to one. He told me that they have one of the biggest teaching hospitals in the nation.
"He also said the defense is hard-nosed and they work hard. They send a lot of players to the NFL. It seems like it could be a good fit for me."