One of four junior college defensive backs in the class of 2004, Surrell Davis is confident he will shine when he touches the field for K-State in the fall.
One thing was evident in Kansas
State's search for help in the
secondary next season. While K-State focused much of its attention on prep
talent for the future offensive line, K-State coaches went the route of junior
colleges to fill holes in the secondary.
Surrell Davis, just one of four JUCO defensive backs taken
in the recently introduced Wildcat class of 2004, could prove to make a bigger
impact than his two-star rating might indicate.
The school recorder with 14 interceptions at San
Mateo Community College,
Davis comes to K-State with one
goal in mind, no matter the talent that might be in front of him.
"I know that if I get the chance to play, I can make things
happen," said Davis, at 6-foot-0
200 pounds. "I'm confident in my ability to play either safety or cornerback. I
don't care who's coming back or who is coming in, I know I can play and I'll
make the most of it if I get on the field."
Davis, out of Compton,
Calif., and friend of current Wildcat
Marvin Simmons, originally signed with Colorado
State, but had some trouble with a
class a transferring there. Such a problem doesn't exist at K-State. But one
aspect of K-State that really appealed to Davis
is head coach Bill Snyder's emphasis on education, something he said no other
program even mentioned throughout his recruitment.
"I want an education," said Davis, who plans to major in
criminal justice. "That's always been my goal. I've come this far and done
everything I could to make it out, I'm not going to come up short and not graduate.
K-State really stressed that with me. They have a good academic program and
Coach (Bill) Snyder was more than just football. He cares about the person, on
and off the field, their future and what they want to do when football is
A quarterback in high school, the 4.40 speedy Davis
didn't even play on the defensive side of the ball until college. It wasn't
until college that Davis said he
received positional coaching. He said he's excited about learning from the
coaches at K-State.
"I didn't know anything," he said. "I thought it was that
simple. We didn't have coaches like that in Compton
that knew each position. But my coaches here liked my footwork and my instincts
reacting to the ball. They've taught me everything. And going to K-State, where
they really know how to ball on defense, will make me only that much better."
Davis will be a
May graduate and plans to be at K-State in June for the summer workout program.
The Wildcats have two starters returning in the defensive secondary in Jesse Tetuan and Cedric Williams.