Davis talks finalists

Jon Davis will announce his college decision Wednesday during a 1:30 pm press conference at Eastern High School. Will the four-star tight end stick with his commitment to Kentucky? Switch his allegiance to Louisville? Or head out of state to Illinois? Scout.com's 7th-ranked tight end spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his three finalists.

Jon Davis will announce his college decision Wednesday during a 1:30 pm press conference at Eastern High School. Will the four-star tight end stick with his commitment to Kentucky? Switch his allegiance to Louisville? Or head out of state to Illinois?

After Eastern's basketball game Saturday night against Greenwood, Davis told InsideTheVille.com that he was going home to hammer out a college decision.

"My dad just got back in town so tonight we're going to figure out where I need to be as far as choosing a school," Davis told InsideTheVille.com Saturday night.

Though Davis committed to Kentucky a year ago, the 6-3, 235-pound tight end made an official visit to Illinois last week. What does Davis like about the Illini?

"It's not one particular thing," Davis said. "Illinois offers such a great opportunity outside of football. It's a good academic school, a lot of business material and that's what I want to go into. If I were to go there it would be a nice place to have on my resume."

Illinois coach Ron Zook made the final in-home visit with Davis last Wednesday.

"He told me it's about the people you know and the relationships you have with people," said Davis. "He's a family oriented guy. He has an open door policy. That's basically the stuff he was trying to sell me."

After returning from his visit to Illinois, Davis visited Louisville for several hours on Monday. Davis has strong interest in Charlie Strong's Cardinals.

"I think it's a great situation," Davis said. "Louisville has a chance to be really good in a conference that's pretty much even and I think Louisville could come out on top.

"I've seen pretty much everything at UofL. They showed me more of the academic side [Monday]. They have a top business program and I'm taking that into consideration."

Davis also sees an opportunity to make an impact on the field early in his career with Cameron Graham's departure this season.

"Cameron Graham caught a lot of balls this year," Davis said. "That's what I really like. He's graduating, so I think I could play just like him."

What about Kentucky? Are the Wildcats still in the picture for his services? "It's still a realistic option, but I have to make the best choice for me," Davis said.

Davis said he hasn't seen Joker Philips recently. He did say UK assistants Greg Nord and David Turner came to see him at Eastern High a "week or two" ago.

What are the main factors in Davis' upcoming decision?

"The main thing that is important for me is somewhere I can showcase my talents and be comfortable for four years when I'm there," Davis said. "My parents just want me to be happy."

Is staying close to home a big factor?

"My family is relocating to Tennessee where my dad's job is next year and home is going to be really different for me," Davis said. "It's a big factor, but it's not going to be a huge one."

Davis said he planned to notify the coaches before he announces his decision on national signing day.


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