Does Luther Davis have a leader?

Five-star defensive end Luther Davis (6-4, 255, 4.8) from West Monroe (La.) has helped lead his team to a 9-0 record with 58 tackles, six sacks and has blocked three field goals. Has one team emerged as the favorite to land the U.S. Army All-American?

Five-star defensive end (ranked No. 6 by Luther Davis (6-4, 255, 4.8) from West Monroe (La.) has helped lead his team to a 9-0 record with 58 tackles, six sacks and has blocked three field goals. West Monroe begins their playoff push tomorrow against New Orleans West Jefferson.

Davis says he has over 50 scholarship offers and favors Louisville slightly over LSU, USC, Florida and Oklahoma. He visited the Cardinals on September 15 and says they are recruiting him the hardest.

"I had a good time during my visit to Louisville," Davis said. "I loved the city and really enjoyed myself. It was an amazing experience. I just bonded really well with the players and had fun hanging out with the team. My host was (freshman running back) Eugene Sowell and we got along great. He's actually originally from central Louisiana so we had a lot in common. My trip was so good that I even joked with coach (Bobby Petrino) about taking a second official visit there…I had that much fun!"

Although he doesn't have any other visits scheduled, he says he'll take them all before he commits. "I'll take the rest of my four visits," Davis said. "I really want to play early and I'll see where I have the best chance. I'm used to being part of a real team. We're a band of brothers at my high school and that's what I want in college."

Despite favoring the Cardinals, he says that LSU is recruiting him the hardest. "Everyone around here is an LSU fan," Davis said. "Everyone asks me why I'm not committed yet, but it's not that easy. Even coach Les Miles says that I should stay close by. He says that why should I leave the state if I have everything I want nearby. Staying close is nice, but the problem is that they are pretty deep at defensive end. They are like six deep and although I know I could probably beat out two of those guys, they also have Tyson Jackson and he's an All-America type guy."

Another plus for the Tigers is Davis' relationship with their senior running back Justin Vincent. "We talk like every week," Davis said. "He's like a big brother for me."

Although USC may be all the way across the country, Davis says the Trojans aren't out of it. "They are far, but I've liked them since they eighth grade," Davis said. "I used to really like Keyshaun Johnson and I remember when coach Pete Carroll came to visit my brother (Josh Lucas who played for Arkansas and Grambling). That was coach Carroll's first year and he really stood out to me.

"He's like a big kid," Davis said. "He's very exciting and energetic, but works hard and really supports his team. Plus, USC is great every year and are always a top team."

With his playoffs starting soon, Davis isn't sure if he'll get a chance to attend any more games this season, but he was at the Red River Shootout several weeks ago. "I loved how the Oklahoma defense played," Davis said. "Especially during the first-half. They really swarmed the Texas offense, but in the end Texas was just too good. It was an exciting game."

He reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 17 ACT.

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