Imani Davis Names a Leader

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Imani Davis, the Florida star running back out of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami updates his recruitment and names a leader.....

Imani Davis is back at full strength and ready to go after an injury-plagued junior season at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami. With running back Davis in the lineup the Wolverines went 5-0 in 2010, so it's no surprise they're considered a top five 6A team coming into the season.

"After missing the first four games, I came back in game five against American Heritage and rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown,' said Imani Davis. 'In game seven I had 145 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns against Glades Day. In game eight, I had 163 yards on 15 carries against (Miami) Norland and was named Player of the Week by the Miami Herald.'

Davis, 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, went on to gain 152 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown in a big district win against Westland Hialeah. In the season finale versus University, he suffered a season-ending hairline fracture with only two carries for 34 yards. The Wolverines made it to the Region 4 semifinal, but fell to Miami Norland in the rematch.

"I invested a lot of time in the off-season increasing my size," said Davis. "I'm up 16 pounds from where I was last year. I felt like the reason I kept getting injured was from not being able to take hits. Now I have the ability to not only take them but to give them.

"My speed has increased. At the Under Amour combine I ran a 4.47. I've heard people like my versatility, my shiftiness and elusiveness as a runner, so I did a lot this summer on improving my footwork."

Davis recently added an offer from Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. He also holds offers from Boston College, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, and Rutgers. He's hearing from many more top universities.

"The University of Florida, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Duke have called to request transcripts," Davis said. "The plan now is hold off on a commitment and wait and see who else offers, but we'll see how the season goes. God-willing I'll stay healthy. If anything changes I could go ahead and make a commitment."

Davis made trips this summer with teammates to Buffalo, Boston College, and Miami-Florida. His high school team won a full 11-on-11 tournament at the campus of Florida Atlantic.

"As a senior I feel like I'll be able to change the outcome of games,"Davis said. "Last year I was able to do that to a certain extent. At the FAU camp I made plays to shift momentum back on our side. Being a senior I want to be a team leader and carry the team on my shoulders if I need to for us to win."

When Michael Smith from Kansas State went to Miami, he also offered defensive lineman Alfonso Horner and defensive back Frankie Hernandez. All three have yet to make three college decision.

"My two favorites are Kansas State and Florida Atlantic," said Davis. "Distance is a factor for me. Kansas State is a little far away, but that's not my only consideration. Academics are also very important. I'd like to know when I can expect to hit the field. Finding a school with a decent football tradition is important with a take-charge coach who'll hopefully be there the whole time I'm there."

Kansas State and FAU both offered Davis at running back/slot receiver, while everybody else likes him as an less-defined "athlete." He'll also play in the Wolverine secondary this year.

The Wolverines play in the Kickoff Classic against Tampa Jesuit on 8/26. They start their regular season the following week with a home game against Hialeah. Davis was accepted a request by Belen Jesuit Prep to switch to the senior-traditional No. 32 this year.

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