Davis talks about commitment

Scout.com 5-star defensive end Luther Davis has been one of the most talked about prospects in the Class of 2007.

Davis had gone back and forth with trying to figure out which school he was leaning towards signing with on signing day but this past Saturday he announced to the nation where he was headed.


"I'm going to LSU," Davis said as he picked up an LSU hat and placed it on his head while one from Oklahoma and Florida State was sitting idle on the table.


The West Monroe product called and told a couple of LSU coaches what he was planning on doing before he went public but they already had an idea of what was about to transpire.


"I let coach (Stacey) Searels and coach (Todd) Monken know right after breakfast on Saturday and they were excited. They mainly wanted me to focus on helping to get the other guys because they knew I was coming from the beginning."


Davis said that he did more than his fair share of recruiting for LSU while he was in San Antonio and some of the guys he hung out with are some of the big fish left on LSU's board.


"I mostly hung out with Ron Brooks, Ahmad (Paige), Stefoin (Francois), John Chiles, Joe Barksdale, Marshall Jones and Jimmy Clausen," he said. "We were all rooming real close to one another so we hung out a lot. I also spent a lot of time with Christian Scott, Terrance Toliver and Joe (McKnight)."


Former LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels recruited Davis for the Tigers and some wonder if Searels' departure to Georgia will have a big effect on Davis.


"It has a little but it's not anything that I can't get over or adjust to," Davis explained. "My reason for going to LSU is No. 1 to get a good education and No. 2 to win a national championship. I'm going to be around a bunch of great guys and some of them I've known for my whole life."


The nation's No. 6 rated defensive end said his time in San Antonio gave him a different perspective of what college football will be like and will help prepare him for the next stage of his career.


"I had so much fun playing," he said. "To really put it into perspective I got a real good taste of college ball and the speed of the game. Everybody was fast out there from offensive linemen to quarterbacks and everybody else. I'm going to take this experience and train harder than ever for when I get to LSU."


Many have wondered if Davis will move inside to tackle when he gets to LSU but much of that is due to the fact that he looked bigger than he is listed. Some of that, though, had to do with a news story that listed him much heavier than he actually is.


"I've been hearing that I looked real big," he said with a laugh. "But, I weighed in at 262 when I got there. One of the local newspaper articles said I was 280 but I'm far from that. I've been recruited as an end the whole time and that is where I will play."

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