Texas Standout DB/QB D.J. Davis

Fort Worth, Tex. Dunbar DB/QB <b>D.J. Davis</b> spoke with GBW Saturday evening. Davis is a talented football player who played quarterback, safety, and cornerback last season for the Flying Wildcats. We wanted to know if he has a Michigan offer, and what his plans are for the year.

D.J. Davis (6-0, 188 lbs., 4.31 in the 40, 3.0 GPA, 930 SAT) is considered one of the best all-around athletes in the State of Texas. He played QB, going 32-79 and 514 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He carried the ball 46 times for 304 yards with seven touchdowns. On defense he played safety and cornerback, garnering 43 tackles (20 solo) and causing two fumbles. It looks as though he'll stay on the defensive side of the ball in 2003. I spoke to Davis on Saturday night.

"Hi, I just got home from work but we can chat, how are you tonight sir?"

I'm fine, thank you. How is your recruiting going?

"It's definitely pretty cool. I didn't think it would be like this when I was a kid, there are a lot of people that call me and want to see me."

Tell me about yourself as a player.

"Let's see, I played QB on offense, and cornerback and safety on defense. I'm an in your face type of corner, that's what I want to play in college, and as a QB I'm more of a running/passing type of player."

What's your best memory of the 2002 season?

"We were playing Western Hills, it was raining and real muddy. They started a play with the fullback blocking for their running back. Bobby Tatum ran up and took on the fullback, and I jumped over them and tackled the running back for a loss, I loved that play."

What are you looking for in a school?

"I want to go where they have good DB's. I am looking for a school that has put out a lot of DB's to the NFL. I'd like to be in a program that has fun but takes football seriously, where people bounce back after mistakes. If things go bad we can just rebuild and get better. I'm looking for coaches that will be mentors, like father figures, someone that will take me under their wing and teach me things. I want to major in sports medicine or business so I'll be looking for a school that has good programs in those areas. I'm also looking for a team that is family oriented, you know, that takes care of each other. If someone falls the rest are there to pick them up. I'm also looking for people that do things around the community."

What did the Michigan coaches tell you?

"Coach (Andy) Moeller was really nice. He told me that he wanted me to come to Michigan and that there is a scholarship offer to play football waiting for me. I really wanted that offer too. I was supposed to call Coach (Lloyd) Carr Friday evening at 7:15, which is 8:15 (Michigan) time, but I had to work. You can be sure I'm going to call him Monday. I've talked to Coach (Ron) English and I like him a lot. I'm really looking forward to meeting him. Michigan is a big DB school and I love Charles Woodson, plus I've heard Michigan plays in front of 110,000 fans, that would definitely be awesome."

What schools have offerd?

"I have something like 17 or 18 offers. There are a lot of schools interested in me."

Do you have a top five?

"I don't really have any favorites now. I want to wait until I get around 25 offers before I sit down and decide which schools I'm going to consider. I'll decide then which schools I'm going to visit too. One thing though, I am going to take an unofficial visit to Texas A&M on July 20th."

Do you have any visits set?

"Not right now. I want to take them sometime in the pre-season or when there is a big game."

When will you make your decision?

"I'm going to wait until January. I'll know after I make all my visits which school I'm going to pick. Right now I'm in (Tom) Lemming's Top 10 players in Texas, I want to get into the top five so I can be on his All-American Team that goes to Disneyland in late January. I want to make my announcement then, on TV."

How involved will your family be in making your decision?

"My dad will advise me but I will make the final decision. I'm getting a lot of pressure to stay in Texas and my family is real supportive of whatever decision I make, but I don't mind leaving Texas, that's not a problem."

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