Since securing his first two scholarship offers from Maryland and Boston College in early June, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) outside linebacker Isaiah Davis has seen his recruiting hit another level. Not only did the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder add a pair of ACC scholarships from NC State and Virginia Tech and a MAC scholarship from Ohio, but he picked up an SEC verbal from Tennessee and has programs such as Michigan State and Michigan looking at him.
"I definitely came out ready to work this summer. I put in a lot of work … I really wasn't expecting some of these schools to hop on. But I stayed focused, did my thing on the field, took care of business off the field, and after that I knew the offers would come," Davis said. "So I really wasn't shocked; I knew the offers would come. But it was surprising when some of the bigger ones came in. Like Tennessee, that was very exciting. I was thinking, Wow I really got the ball rolling now."
Although Davis' profile has grown considerably, he is keeping one of his initial suitors at the forefront of his mind. Davis is, of course, the brother of current Terrapins safety Sean Davis and has nearby Maryland under heavy consideration.
"Maryland is definitely a top choice for me. There's a lot of good things going on at Maryland," Davis said. "They're moving to the Big Ten, and that's a big selling factor for them. And of course my brother is there, and it would be cool to play with him for a year. He loves it there, and he wants me to go there too.
"And it's great academics too. I want to get into engineering and Maryland has a top engineering program."
Davis, who is from Washington, D.C., and used to attend Sidwell Friends School, has been in College Park multiple times to visit his brother, watch Terps games and to check out the school. He was most recently on campus June 8 for the one-day camp, where he enticed the staff to extend the offer, and wants to return this August.
"You know, I've been there a bunch of times already, and I'm comfortable there," Davis said. "And at the camp, I really liked how the coaches were and learning from those guys. Coach [Randy] Edsall and all of them, they provide a welcoming environment."
The St. Stephen's/St. Anges backer has stayed in touch with his recruiter, Lyndon Johnson, on a consistent basis. He said the two mainly discuss football, and that UMD's outside linebackers' coach has expressed how much the Terps want him. Davis is well aware Maryland has one linebacker spot left, and Johnson has apparently told the area recruit he wants him to jump at the opening.
"Coach Johnson, he's a good guy, and he stays in touch like every day. Like a lot of coaches, he's telling me there's one spot left and he wants me to take it," Davis said. "He definitely wants me to play the outside position, which is what I'm comfortable with. A lot of schools actually want me at middle linebacker, and that's a bigger transition for me, so that's something to think about."
But while Davis has Maryland on the mind, he has other programs to evaluate now. Virginia Tech is a strong contender as the local linebacker enjoyed his time in Blacksburg, Va. Tennessee, what with its SEC prestige, has also caught his eye, while Boston College and NC State are on the radar as well.
It's conceivable Michigan or Michigan State could become prime contenders should either program suggest it's willing to offer, though Davis acknowledged he's not sure either school will offer.
"When I went down to Virginia Tech, I really liked it. I saw a practice and it was really intense and fast flowing," said Davis, who noted the Hokies want him at MIKE. "The staff is really great and it's an impressive place.
"And the other schools like Boston College, NC State and Tennessee, they all are great opportunities, but I have to visit them to learn more. I've been to camps at [those schools], but I haven't seen the schools yet. I know NC State and BC are losing linebackers, and they both want me at the MIKE spot, so there's openings there. I have to find out about Tennessee and see what kind of opportunity I'd have [with the Vols], but they want me for middle linebacker too. I'm going to be looking at these depth charts and seeing how I'd fit in at each of these places."
Davis will begin his final visit tour at the beginning of August. First up is Boston College, followed by returns to Va Tech and Maryland, and then forays through NC State and Tennessee (if he has time and thinks it's worthwhile). He could make his way up to Michigan and Michigan State if either suggest a trip would result in an offer.
If all goes according to plan, Davis will have seen enough this August to make an informed college decision later that month.
"I know spots are filling up, and my coaches are telling me to make my decision by the end of the summer," Davis said. "So I want to see all these schools recruiting me one more time and then make a good choice after that."
This offseason Davis said he's working on his cover skills and speed. His team's defense is apparently shifting to a 4-2-5 and Davis is slotted to play more of a defensive back role instead of linebacker, so he's been honing his hips, footwork and acceleration.
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