All-American Davis lists a top five

Luther Davis, a five-star and National 100 Team member, was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl late last week. Davis talks about being chosen for the prestigious game and shares his top five in this latest update from

Rated a five-star prospect and a member of the National 100 Team, Luther Davis of West Monroe, Louisiana was chosen as one of the 80 athletes selected to play the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Participating in the game, which is held in San Antonio's Alamodome on Saturday, January 6 and televised nationally on NBC, has been a goal of 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman for a number of years.

"It came through on Thursday and I had a ceremony and a press conference," said Davis of the official invitation. "It's really a dream come true for me. It's something that I have wanted ever since I first found out about the game back in 2001. We had a guy from this area make it and I made it one of my goals that if I was able to play in it I would do so. Being one of the top 80 players in the country means that all of my hard work has paid off."

However, while he's looking forward to being part of the Army All-American West squad, Davis is keeping his focus on the season at hand.

"We had our homecoming last week and we kind of started on them early," he said of West Monroe's 42-27 win on Friday night. "I didn't get to play that much. I played about six minutes into the second quarter, so I finished the game with just five tackles, three for a loss."

The view of the game from the sideline hasn't been a rare one for Davis this season. West Monroe, which improved to 7-0 on the season, has taken quick control of the majority of it's games this season, sending Davis and other starters to the sidelines early.

"The very first game of the year I played for the entire game and that's been it," he said. "I don't really get a chance to play a whole game. I kind of hate it, but I'll be able to show up during the playoffs and play the whole game then."

Despite the limited playing time, Davis has compiled an impressive stat sheet.

"I have 54 tackles, 6 sacks and 5 blocked field goals," said Davis. "I had two (blocked field goals) in one game. That was the first game of the year. My vertical isn't really that high - I jumped a 32.7 in the spring. I have a really long reach, but my thing on field goals is that I just penetrate the hole and just get my hands up. It started during the playoffs last year - I had four during the five playoff games that we had. I use the same technique every time and it keeps working for me."

Davis' strong play has kept the attention of dozens of college coaches and has even noticed a few upping their efforts, which has slightly altered the list of school's currently atop his list.

"Michigan has really started these past two weeks," said Davis. "I've heard from their coach (Coach Campbell) a lot and they've really picked it up. If I had to say a top five it would be Louisville, USC, LSU, Michigan and Auburn. They are all equal. No one is really ahead of anybody. I want to take my time and get a feel for everyone."

Davis continues to give his September 16 official visit with Louisville high marks.

"I had a real good feel for Louisville when I went up there on my visit," he said. "I actually talked to a couple of the guys that were on visits with me that weekend (on Sunday) - Wes Saunders and Mark Barnes. They are both still pretty solid on Louisville on the moment."

Davis, who had hinted that there was a chance that he could announce his college intentions at the U.S. Army All-American if he were chosen, will do just that.

"I'm going to make my decision during the Army All-American game," he said. "That will give me more time to take some visits. I'm going to be pretty booked throughout December."

This Saturday Davis will celebrate his 18th birthday and is looking forward to the voting experience this November.

"I've already registered," Davis explained. "I'm looking forward to it. I remember being seven or eight years old and going with my mom when she'd go to vote. Now it's my turn."

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