Carl Davis Looking Forward to Iowa Visit

Carl Davis spent a week in Iowa City this summer out the Hawkeye program. This weekend, the big DT from Michigan will take his official visit to Iowa. We spoke with Davis Monday night to see what he'd be looking for, how he feels about the Hawkeyes, his leader, what's ahead and more. Read all about it in this premium recruiting update.

When Carl Davis comes to Iowa City this weekend, the surroundings should be comfortable. He's familiar with the town and Iowa's opponent.

The hulking defensive tackle from Sterling Heights, Mich. and Adlai Stevenson High School will be taking his second official visit this week after traveling to a Wisconsin game earlier this season.

The No. 12 Hawkeyes will play host to Michigan, a team in which Davis is very familiar. It will be the second week in a row that he's been to a Wolverines game, as he watched them lose in overtime to Michigan State, who hosted him on an unofficial visit.

Davis also spent a week in Iowa City this summer checking out what the Hawkeyes had to offer. He stayed with his uncle, Rich Walker, a longtime Iowa basketball assistant coach and current assistant to the athletic director.

Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois and Kansas are among a group of schools that have extended a scholarship offer to Davis. Minnesota and UCLA also recently have thrown their hats into the recruiting ring as well, but have yet to offer.

Davis said he is attempting to set up an official visit to East Lansing for the Spartans Homecoming game against Northwestern on Oct. 17. If that doesn't work out, he might wait until after his season. He'd also like to visit Kansas before making a decision. rates Davis (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) as the 41st best DT in the country. The service has him ranked as a three-star recruit on its five-star scale.

Through the first three games of the season, Davis rolled up 14 tackles and two sacks. As a junior, he accounted for 38 tackles and seven sacks.

"Right now, Iowa is my top, but there are a lot of schools that are up there," Davis said. "I had a great time at Wisconsin and they and Iowa are close. And when I take my officials, I might see a place that pops up.

"I'm starting to like Michigan State more. I had a good time (at the Michigan game). I just have to check things out more."

Davis has spoken with Michigan.

"I don't believe they're really interested in me," he said. "They have a couple of D-tackles up there. One of them happens to be one of my friends – Will Campbell. I think they'd come after me if they could get me, but I've seen their depth chart and I'm not really looking that way."

Davis goes into his visits with a focus.

"I'm looking for the family atmosphere and how the team works together," he said. "I really want to get a feel for the atmosphere. I'm just looking for that feel. You know, when you go to a place and you say, "Wow, this is where I think I belong.""

Even if that happens in Iowa City this weekend, Davis likely won't pull the trigger on a commitment to the Hawkeyes.

"Even if I know that's the place for me, me and my family agreed on me taking some other visits," he said. "So, I'm probably going to take a couple of more. If I feel like that's the place, I'll talk to my family and they'll want me to follow through with some more visits.

"If I felt comfortable with a place, you still need to look around because you might be feeling that way because you've only seen one or two places. You have to have something to compare it to. I'm just taking things one day at a time to see where this recruiting process takes me."

Distance from home probably won't be a factor for Davis.

"Definitely not, it's not even like that, I haven't really been at my house since I was a freshman," he said. "I've been living with my cousins and aunts and stuff like that. So, sometimes I feel like I want to get away and sometimes I feel like I should stay in-state, but I feel like I can be good anywhere."

Davis can see himself fitting in at Iowa.

"I love all of the coaches up there," he said. "Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is just a tremendous person. Coach K (Rick Kaczenski) is a real cool person. Coach (Eric) Johnson and Coach (Phil) Parker, who is my recruiting coordinator, are both great people and people I can see myself being around. I talked with Coach (Chris) Doyle and he looks like he gets the job done with the players and that's what's making me really interested."

Davis also likes Iowa's defense. He plays tackle in a 4-3 alignment for his high school.

"I sat down and watched some things with Coach K," Davis said. "I like the stuff they run. I'm real comfortable with that. I watched the Penn State game. It seems like Iowa is known for their defense. It seems like something I could be a part of."

Davis said he'd like to get to 315-320 pounds in college with a muscular physique. He's confident Doyle could get him there.

"I feel like I play with my head," Davis said. "It's not all about the bull rush and getting past the offensive line. I also feel like I play very fast. As soon as they hike the ball, I'm off. A lot of linemen have problem with me in my league because I'm quick for my size. I can get around them without them even putting a hand on me."

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