Leader emerges for 5-star Luther Davis

With his senior season coming to an earlier than expected end, Scout.com five-star defensive lineman Luther Davis has turned more of his attention towards the recruiting process and tells InsideTheVille.com that one team sits atop his short list of favorites.

The 2006 season came an end much earlier than expected for Luther Davis and his West Monroe (LA) High School teammates. The expectations were that the team would easily march to the state championship at the Superdome in New Orleans, but multiple turnovers brought the their title hopes to a screeching halt two weeks ago.

"We lost 21-14," said Davis, who collected 15 tackles and 4 sacks in the loss. "We had three interceptions and a fumble."

With his season now over, Davis has done exactly what he said that he would do and has turned his attention to finding his next school.

"That's the main thing right now, that and my academics," said Davis. "As for athletics right now, it is all recruiting, that's my main focus."

Davis claims Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, LSU and Oklahoma as his current favorites, but admits that the recent decision by the U of L coaching staff to extend cornerback Terry Carter - Davis' teammate and cousin - has pushed the Cardinal program to the top of his list.

"That was real big," said Davis. "That was big for both of us. It was what we both really wanted. We went to the Arkansas - LSU game and we talked about that on the way there. He's trying to schedule his visit for up there. He's pretty sure that he's going to commit there. He likes the program a lot."

With his cousin apparently leaning towards becoming a Cardinal, Davis' interest in doing the same has grown even stronger.

"It's big for me that he's wanting to go there because that's where I want to play at," continued Davis. "I think I can go there and try to beat some of the d-linemen that are already there."

Does that make Louisville the clear leader for the Scout.com five-star defensive lineman?

"At this point, now that I understand everything, I would have to say so," said Davis.

U of L assistant Joe Whitt Jr spoke with Davis on Sunday to confirm a future trip to West Monroe.

"He's going to be down here next Monday to come and see me," said Davis. "He wanted to come down tomorrow, but my parents are out of town, so he'll be down here next Monday."

Prior to Whitt's arrival next week, Davis will have spent time with a number of college coaches and will have made his second official visit.

"This week is going to be busy," he said. "(Monday) is going to be LSU and Florida State. Tuesday is going to be Florida. I'm not really sure about Wednesday, but Auburn is coming in on Thursday and then I'm supposed to take my official visit to LSU on Friday."

A U.S. Army All-American, Davis finished his final year of prep ball with more than 80 tackles and 15 sacks.

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