With Terrence Taylor, Will Johnson, and Tim Jamison set to graduate next year, the Michigan coaching staff will be working hard to replenish the depth along the defensive line this recruiting season. One of the prospects they’ve targeted to help fill that void is Mansfield, LA lineman Chris Davenport.
“I went out of town last weekend, and the (Michigan coach) had been calling my coach all week looking for me,” Davenport said. “We were out of school pretty much everyday last week except for one or two days, and I hadn’t had a chance to get in contact with him. They finally sent a letter to the house Monday, and I’m just really excited about it.”
The 6-3, 320-pounder also plays offensive tackle for his high school, but he is certain about where his collegiate future lies.
“I want to play defensive tackle or defensive end… any place on the defensive line,” reported Davenport. “All of the schools are recruiting me for defensive line. My first letter came the spring of my sophomore year. I got a letter from the University of Florida. Then I went down to the Scout.com combine at the Saints practice facility and showcased my talent. After that, everything else fell into place. This past season I had a great season. I had 127 tackles, with 18 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss of 15 yards or better, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.”
With numbers like that, LSU has obviously taken notice. While Davenport is not yet ready to declare a list of favorites, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Tigers are in a very strong position.
“LSU... I like them very well,” Davenport admitted. “Very well. Distance (from home) is not the biggest factor. It’s more about where your heart is. Right now my heart is right here in Louisiana. Sometimes following your heart is not the best thing, but for me I think following my heart is the best. But I’m staying open. I want to give everybody a fair chance and see everybody else has to offer. Right now I’m up to about 14 scholarships and I’m wide open to everyone. I’m open to every school out there. I haven’t even sat down and thought about making out my top ten list yet. I’m just enjoying everything that’s taking place right now.
Davenport hopes to gain a better feel for what his suitors have to offer in the coming months, but not very many of them will have a chance to impress him before he whittles things down.
“I’ll be training for my senior season so I really won’t have time to make any visits during the spring,” he said. “As soon as the fall gets here and the football season starts rolling, I will be taking a lot of official visits. I’m going to try to make it to a few summer camps before that too. I’ll try to make it to Florida, Alabama... I’ll try to make up north sometime too…and maybe to USC. There won’t be that many camps that I’m able to attend though because the training schedule is going to be hectic.”
“My decision (on which school to commit to) should come in the next three
months,” Davenport continued. “It should be around the first of
May. I’m definitely still going to take my visits after I commit though.”