2014 LB DeShaun Davis already had an impressive offer list, but there was only one program he considered a "dream school."
That was LSU, and when the Tigers informed him of an offer Thursday night, Davis said he couldn't hide his excitement.
"The staff wrote me a personal letter, and I read [about the offer] in the letter," Davis said. "Once I read it, I instantly called [Defensive coordinator John] Chavis. He clarified that they were offering me, and he told me a lot about the school and how much they like me. [Defensive Line coach Brick Haley] likes me a lot too, and they would love to get the opportunity to get to coach me. I'm really excited about the whole situation."
Davis said he's always had LSU as one of his favorite schools, long before he started the recruiting process. Growing up nearby in the Mobile, Ala., area, he kept an eye on the powerful defenses LSU has fielded over the years.
"I've always been attracted to the school, ever since I was a little kid," Davis said. "When I first started playing football, I always loved LSU. They always have dominant players on their defense, and as a whole, their defense always dominates. I want to be a part of that. The school just attracts me."
One of the biggest selling points LSU has offered Davis is its reputation for playing freshman. After so many LBs saw playing time in 2012, that idea continues to pop up in recruiting pitches, and it's something Davis considers a real possibility for himself.
"I think I could go in and have an opportunity to play," Davis said. "I'm always going to try to outwork the next man. It's an SEC school, and they're going to recruit great players. There's going to be guys that are just as good at me, and even better. The hard work is going to pay off for me in the end."
Davis recorded 148 tackles in his junior season playing MLB for Vigor HS. He had 16 tackles for a loss, forced eight fumbles, recovered three, picked off a pair of passes and blocked two field goals. At 6-foot, 225 pounds, he projects to play as an interior LB and is rated as a three-star prospect, the 30th ranked MLB in the country.
"I'm a very sure-tackler," Davis said. "I have good instincts. I read [offenses] really well and dissect the plays pretty quickly."
In addition to LSU, Davis mentioned Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee as schools that are standing out.
"They all have good programs, and they have good coaching staffs also," Davis said. "All of the schools are even right now. I don't really have a leader, but those are the schools that are standing out to me."
Davis said he hopes to have a busy spring, as he plans to check out at least four schools in the next month. He'll check out Tennessee this weekend, and hopes to make it to Baton Rouge the following week. He'll hit Auburn before the end of the month and Georgia on April 6.
"After our spring starts, I will start narrowing down schools," Davis said. "If I'm comfortable with a decision, I wan to make a decision before my high school season starts. But if I'm not really confident or a little shaky, I'm not going to rush myself. I'll just sit back and make sure I make the right decision for me."
Davis is teammates with four-star DE Justin Thornton. Both have similar schools on their offer list, and both have mentioned LSU as one of their top schools of interest. Though Davis' LSU offer is only about 24 hours old, the two have already discussed the possibility of checking out that program together.
"That's something we've already talked about," Thornton said. "When he heard I got the [LSU] offer, he was the first person to call me and congratulate me. Instantly, we started talking about getting up there [for a visit] together. That will play a big part in my decision also."
When it comes down to it, Davis knows what he'll be looking for as he continues to examine these programs.
"The coaching staff, the opportunity to play, the fan base," Davis said. "I feed off fans' energy when I play. A good academic program, because football doesn't always work out, so you have to have something to fall back on. A good relationship with the teammates, a family environment."
Davis receives offer from "dream school"
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