Pack Takes Lead for Florida LB

LB Brent Davis has emerged as a major target of the NC State coaching staff.

NC State has landed one LB for the class of 2005 and has it's sights set on adding at least one more in the coming weeks. A prime candidate for that spot is Brent Davis of Mainland High School in Daytona, Fl.

At 6-2, 200 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Davis may be somewhat undersized now but boasts the frame to add considerable size once he enters college. Some feel he also has the athleticism and ability to play strong safety as well. However, it was at LB this past year where Davis racked up better than 125 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in helping lead Mainland to the fourth round of the state playoffs. Last year he recorded better than 100 tackles as the Bucs claimed a state title.

Several schools have taken notice of the all-area prospect's talent as he's collected scholarship offers from South Carolina, NC State, Purdue, UNC, Central Florida and South Florida. Davis made his first official visit earlier this month with the Wolfpack and it's clear the trip made a huge impression.

"NC State was real nice," said Davis. "Another thing is my dad really likes the coaches and he liked the fact they didn't pressure me. I mean, they want me to come there but they told me to just enjoy my other visits. They were my first visit but I really think they may have a little more to offer as far as football and educational opportunities."

Another school that has really turned up the heat recently is South Carolina. Rick Stockstill is recruiting Davis for the Gamecocks and the senior ‘backer is looking forward to a visit to Columbia on Jan 7.

"Coach Stockstill has been calling me a lot," said Davis. "You know, the coaches don't say anything negative about other schools and he was saying NC State was nice but for me to come up there and see what they had to offer and how I liked it.

"I talked to coach Spurrier about two weeks ago and I told him how much of an honor it was to get to talk to him. I told him I never thought I'd be in a position to talk to someone like him."

In addition to the Pack and Gamecocks, Davis also plans visits to Central Florida and South Florida before making a decision later in January.

For now, Davis says NC State has set the bar for all future official visits.

"I would say NC State definitely stands out right now," he said. "Since I've taken that visit I know I've got something to compare the other schools to. You know, at first I was wanting to stay close to home but really, NC State or South Carolina aren't too far. The thing with NC State is they had the nation's No. 1 defense and that reminded me of Mainland's defense because we were the best around here. And then, meeting with the coaches just made me feel like I was at home."

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