Bruce Davis Commits To Iowa

Co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio, Bruce Davis gave his verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday night. Find out more about his respect for the program, his relationship with Coach Ginn, and much more in this premium recruiting feature.

Bruce Davis, the co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio has given his verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He had previously made a verbal commitment to Ball State, but after Iowa offered this afternoon, it was too good to pass up for the Glenville linebacker.

"I heard about it earlier today," Davis said.  "Everything they said that was going to happen, happened.  They were real with my from the jump as far as the recruiting was going to go."

Davis wasn't seeing as much interest from colleges as his play would seem to indicate, but that's nothing but motivation for the 5 foot 11 inch, 230 pound linebacker.

"I like to play with a chip on my shoulder," he said.  "I'm a hard worker.  When people tell me I cannullt do something, I like to do it and prove them wrong, I'm that type of guy.  If (the opponent is) a 5-star and I'm only a 2 or 3, I'm going to go out there and prove them wrong.  It just makes me work harder.

"If you feel like you're just as good or better, you're going to rise to the occasion.  The bigger the stage, the bigger I play."

Davis called and informed the Iowa staff on Tuesday evening, talking with Ken O'Keefe and Kirk Ferentz, both of whom were very happy to have him on board.

"They were very excited," he said.  "They feel like if they had known about me earlier, it would have been a done deal.  They were happy that they were able to get the job done.  They thought they were done with their LB recruiting, but they hadn't seen me."

Iowa found out about Bruce Davis very late in the process, and was already pretty thin with regards to available LB scholarships, something the staff was up-front about with Davis.

"One thing I liked about the University of Iowa was the honesty and fairness in the recruiting situation," he said.  "I had interest from other schools, but they weren't beating around the bush.  Iowa was completely honest with me."

Iowa has been making great headway in the state of Ohio, bringing in several recruits each year, including 4 verbal commitments this class.  Davis said having teammates and friends down there certainly isn't a bad thing.

"That's more of a plus than a main reason," he said.  "It's more about the comfort level.  Having guys who I know that are already there, that's a plus."

When talking with his high school coach, Ted Ginn Sr., how a school plays football comes up very rarely, as Ginn usually talks more about the personality and people involved in the recruiting game.  Ginn had nothing but great things to say about the Iowa staff.

"He feels like they're great guys," Davis said.  "He has a lot of respect for them.  Everyone knows who Coach Ginn is, he talks to a lot of coaches, and he knows they're great guys and will take care of you.  If you work hard, good things will come, it will pay off."

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