Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio specialized in coaching the secondary before he was responsible for entire defenses and teams.
One defensive recruit Dantonio could mold as he rebuilds the Spartans is Normal Community's (IL) Austin Davis. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety prospect has registered a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and hits opponents with the mindset of a linebacker.
Although he had a bum hamstring from a previous camp when he visited a Green and White camp this summer, Davis fought through the pain and limitations.
"They liked how I looked at the camp I went to, they said they liked the way I played from the film I gave them, but they just want to see a couple games cause I was hurt at their camp. But I still went, and they seemed impressed and they wanted to keep in touch," Davis said
But Davis didn't let the injury keep him from impressing coaches at Michigan State.
"As in getting their attention, I don't think my injury held me back that much. They still were very impressed with what I could do. They liked the combination of the size I have and the explosion," Davis said.
So what does he see as his strengths?
"Side to side, I pursue the ball real good and hitting, I love to hit. I think that's one of my very strong points. And just overall aggressiveness. I'll play to the last second," Davis says.
Further evidence reveals not only Davis' team-first mentality and but also his eagerness to rough it up: he will move down to a linebacker position for his senior season at Normal.
For now, Davis continues working with his trainer, preparing for his senior season to begin. As soon as it does, you can bet his switch to linebacker will provide Davis with plenty of bone-crushing film to send to programs like Michigan State.
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