Long Beach (CA) Poly proved to be home of one of the best kept secrets on the West Coast when safety Vaughn Telemaque emerged on a number of recruiting boards a few months back. As surprising as it might sound, college coaches have recently begun to take notice of another obscure talent in the tradition-rich Jackrabbit program. Telemaque’s wingman, safety Herman Davidson (6-3 215-lbs., 4.5 forty) has been impressive in his own right. Each player has benefited from the presence of the other.
“Vaughn is out there doing his thing,” Davidson said. “He wasn’t lying when he told you that (laughing). With my help… I’m kind of making people go his way a little more. It’s friendly competition. We like to work together. We play really well together. I send stuff his way and he sends stuff my way. It’s going real good. Right now I’m at 53 tackles, with four interceptions for 104 yards, and one touchdown.”
Davidson’s star only recently began to rise because it wasn’t always clear what position he projected to at the next level.
“It’s actually on me because the past couple of years I was playing on the offensive end at quarterback, and stuff wasn’t going too well,” Davidson explained. “This year I made the switch to defense full time and that’s when I was able to just be me and make plays. Then I started getting some highlights and stuff out to schools and waiting to hear what they think. Right now they’re loving it.”
More schools are showing interest by the week, and a few have already stepped forth with offers. The North Carolina Tar Heels were the latest to take the plunge.
“The North Carolina thing kind of blew up out of nowhere to tell you the truth,” he said. “After the visit (to Chapel Hill), I would say that’s when everything kind of came together even more. As of now, I have an offer from San Diego State as well. I took an unofficial out there. I liked it there too. I met with the coaching staff. Right now, those are the two schools that are in main contact with me.”
One of the latest programs to court Davidson has been the University of Michigan. The Wolverines have been turning up the heat recently and Davidson indicated that the interest is mutual.
“I’ve been getting some mail from them,” Davidson said regarding Michigan. “It actually just started getting in now… this past week. I’ve been getting feedback from them. I haven’t got a chance to talk to the coaches yet, but I heard that they really like me and they would like to get me up there for a visit. I just got the papers for that today as well. They want me to come out there November 17th (for the Ohio State game) with Vaughn. That’s looking pretty good right now.”
Thanks to the presence of one of his former teammates in Ann Arbor, Davidson is a little more familiar with Michigan’s program than many might expect.
“We were pretty cool,” said Davidson of he and Warren. “Obviously I was on the offensive end and he was on the defensive end. I haven’t really been able to keep in one-on-one contact with him lately. I haven’t really talked to him about (recruiting) yet, but I plan giving him a call to see what he thinks about some stuff. I’ve been catching a few of their games on TV and I’ve talked to Donovan’s dad. He has given me updates. I know quite a bit about the team, their players, their coaching staff, and how the games have been going.”
At this point, the Wolverines, (and all other new suitors for that matter) are chasing the Tar Heels. However, it’s clear that their lead is not insurmountable.
“I’m up for anything,” said Davidson. “If I get (invitations) for visits, I’m going to take the visits. As of now (North Carolina) is kind of at the top because I only have offers from San Diego State and North Carolina… so I don’t really have much to base it off of. I’ll take any visit a college wants to give me and see where it goes from there. As of now I don’t have a timeline for when I want to make a decision. I’m still waiting to see if there are any other options that are going to come through. I’m not going to wait until the deadline is right there, but I don’t think I’m going to be committing anytime soon.”
“I don’t think distance from home will be a problem,” he
continued. “After taking the North Carolina trip, it’s not as bad
as I was thinking originally. The things I’m going to look at are the
coaching staff, whether the coaches and players are on the same page, and academics.”