Claude Davis still committed to USF?

Louisville is heavily pursuing another Davis at defensive end. After striking out earlier this month on top recruit Luther Davis, who chose LSU, the Cardinals are making a strong pitch for South Florida commit Claude Davis. Did Davis' enjoy his official visit to U of L? Is USF still the team to beat for his services?

Louisville is heavily pursuing another Davis at defensive end. After striking out earlier this month on top recruit Luther Davis, who chose LSU, the Cardinals are making a strong pitch for the services of Claude Davis, a 6-4, 235-pound defensive lineman from Lake Gibson High in Lakeland, Florida.

If new coach Steve Kragthorpe hopes to land Davis, a South Florida commit, he'll not only have to beat out the home state Bulls, but Michigan State and Tennessee.

Davis made an official visit to U of L over the weekend, and gave the Cardinals high marks.

"It went good," Davis said. "I liked it up there. The coaches are good and they have really nice facilities. I got to see the indoor practice facility, meet the players and coaches, and watch the basketball game. It was a nice visit."

Davis roomed with Lake Gibson teammate Bilal Powell, who Sunday told InsideTheVille.com that Louisville is at the top of his list of favorites. Will Powell have any influence over Davis' decision?

"I'm still committed to South Florida," he said. "I'm going to take a few more visits and then I'll announce my decision on signing day."

Davis had an outstanding senior season, capped off by an impressive two sack performance in Florida's North-South All-Star game. He will visit South Florida (1/19), Michigan State (1/26) and Tennessee (2/2), before making a decision. However, Louisville appears, at the least, to have a realistic shot at flipping Davis.

"I liked Coach Kragthorpe – he's a real good guy," Davis said. "He talked about how he was going to keep Louisville moving forward."

Davis was hosted by freshman defensive end Peanut Whitehead. "He's real big, and he's a cool guy," Davis said.


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