'One of the most physically impressive prospects in the south, Davis has great speed and strength and can make plays from sideline to sideline.'
That's Scout.com's recruiting analyst's description of Chasman Davis, a highly recruited linebacker from St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Fort Pierce, Florida who has offers galore. His offer list might be longer than the most spoiled child's Christmas list. But unlike that list, Chasman has narrowed his down to four, maybe six schools. And one of those schools, Mississippi State, received an official visit this past weekend.
How was his Bulldog visit?
"Man, it was nice," said the 6-0, 210-pounder with 4.5 speed. "It wasn't like what I expected. I expected it to be plain. I didn't expect it to be as upbeat as it was. I didn't expect the fans to be that great. I really like the players. They all stuck together. I got to meet a lot of their players. I really liked the environment. It's real country. I really liked the town. I got to hang out and see a lot of places around there. I liked the facilities more than anything. I didn't expect the facilities to be that good. I loved that weightroom, too. They have like 16 platforms. I really liked the coaches. I really liked (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom and (assistant) Coach (Guy) Holliday. Coach Croom is real cool and down to earth. Everybody seemed to be honest and upfront. It was a great experience. I had to go there and see it for myself."
Anything else surprise him about the visit?
"It surprised me that they stuck together so much," he noted. "They played with a lot of emotion, a lot of emotion. I could tell. And that crowd was into it, man. That wasn't the biggest crowd that I've seen, but it was the loudest, it was the loudest."
It sounds like Mississippi State has now become, excuse the pun, a player for his signature. When asked that, Chasman said, "yeah, I'm real serious about them. They are No. 2 and Georgia is No. 1 right now. I really got the feeling that I'm going to end up going to either Mississippi State and Georgia."
Other schools that he has visited includes the aforementioned Georgia, West Virginia and North Carolina State. And according to Chasman, two schools appear to be at the head of the pack for his final official visit. "I'm thinking about Tennessee or North Carolina," he said.
How did his visit to Mississippi State compare to the three others that he previously visited?
"Both Georgia and Mississippi State were great visits," said the 4-star linebacker. "They were my two best visits."
Now that he's seen those two first-hand, how do they compare to each other?
"They are almost exactly alike," said Chasman, who told me Georgia, Mississippi State and West Virginia are recruiting him the hardest. "Athens, Georgia is a bigger college town and has a lot more fans. But they compared greatly together. They are right up there with each other. But I want to play. And I know if I go to Georgia, it's going to take some time."
One other possible advantage that Mississippi State could have is a former teammate of his, Jamar Chaney, is a starter on the MSU defense. Chasman talked about Jamar and what he told him about MSU.
"Jamar Chaney was my host," said Chasman. "He was like everything is good. He said that the coaches are going to push you. And if you want to play - and I do want to play - you have to earn everything. That is what it is all boiling down to. I don't want to sit. I don't have time to waste. I really like Georgia, but I want to play. All I need is the opportunity and I know I will get it at Mississippi State. And with Chaney up there he can teach me the ropes."
He mentioned earlier that he really liked the players at Mississippi State. Where do the players fit into his recruitment?
"I liked the players at Georgia, too, but I was really clicking with a lot of players at Mississippi State," said Chasman. "I clicked with Quinton (Wesley). I talked with Jerious (Norwood). I was with (official visitor) Rory (Johnson), but he hasn't went there yet. I met a lot of people, man, some from Atlanta and Pensacola. They were upfront with me and told me how the coaches are and how the football program is and how it is living there."
Keep it right here to see if Mississippi State can pull even with Chasman's No. 1 choice, the Georgia Bulldogs, or if Georgia will ultimately win this sizzling recruiting battle for one of the nation's top linebackers.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.