Davis confident in ability

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 over."

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.

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