Signee Status: Drew Davis

Drew Davis and his brother, Luke, have spirited discussions about their college choices on a daily basis, but the Raleigh (NC) Broughton standout knows it is all for fun.

Drew Davis and his brother, Luke, have spirited discussions about their college choices on a daily basis, but the Raleigh (NC) Broughton standout knows it is all for fun. Luke is a basketball player for the University of North Carolina.

"Oh, we get after it a little when we talk about college," said Drew Davis, laughing. "But, I'm really proud of Luke, and he just earned a scholarship there. I'm happy for him, but I'm with the Wolfpack. I know in my sport it's going to be decided pretty soon and on the field."

Davis was one of NC State's last commitments in the 2012 recruiting class after switching his verbal from Minnesota to NC State in January, and Tom O'Brien was pleased to have him make that decision.

"[Drew Davis] made a decision early, and thank goodness he changed his mind and decided to stay home," said O'Brien on Signing Day. "If you look at the linebacker situation, he has to think he's got a chance [to play]. We don't promise anybody they are going to play. We promise we're going to give them the opportunity to play."

"I need to be ready when I come in," said Davis. "I've been trying to get prepared and doing the best I can.

"I think they are going to evaluate me a little more once I get there but during spring practices they were having me watch the middle linebacker position but anything can happen."

Davis could play as a true freshman, and a big reason for that is... location. Davis lives just a few minutes away from campus and was able to attend several Wolfpack spring practices. He feels that has helped him not only develop a strong relationship with linebackers coach Jon Tenuta but also start the learning process at linebacker and on special teams.

"I was able to get over there for quite a few practices," Davis said. "I liked watching coach Tenuta work with the linebackers. It gave me a feel of how he coaches and what he wants out of his group. I knew he was a great coach but seeing him interact with other players and getting to know him a little better... I'm really excited to get to play for him.

"I'm trying to be as prepared as possible... that is what they've asked of me so going there for practices definitely helped. I was able to watch them in action, but also sit in on the meetings with the linebackers and even special teams. I love special teams, and hopefully I can play that too."

Lining up at middle linebacker, Davis averaged nearly 15 tackles per game as a senior for Broughton. Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds he feels he has the bulk needed to see the field early and has been vigorously working out to stay in shape.

"The coaches gave me a workout to stick with and that is what I've been doing," said Davis. "I've been living out of that and doing it everyday. I'm on my own, doing what they told.

"The State coaches didn't really say get any bigger or lose any weight but what I've been focusing on is getting my body weight as low as I can. I'm down to about 230 or 235 pounds, and I'm in as good a shape as I've been in."

Fully qualified for enrollment, Davis will make short drive over to State next month to start his college career.

"I move in on June 24th," he stated. "I can't wait. It's almost here."


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