NC State hosted a surprise visitor this weekend and it was a huge target for the Wolfpack's recruiting efforts. Linebacker Chasman Davis from Centennial High School in Port St Lucie, Florida is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 41 player in Florida by SuperPrep magazine.
At 6-0, 210 pounds and 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Davis is slightly undersized but he more than makes up for it with his instincts and ability to simply make plays. Although Centennial has struggled to a 2-2 record, Davis was recognized for his play this past week after single handedly blowing up several option plays against Lake Brantley in a tough loss. On the season, Davis has notched close to 45 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Colleges have contacted the senior ‘backer in droves with offers coming from the likes of Auburn, NC State, West Virginia, UNC and Georgia and interest from Florida, Florida State and Miami. The Wolfpack hosted Davis this past weekend and got the first punch in for what is sure to be a long recruiting fight leading up to signing day.
"That visit really came out of the blue," said Davis. "But NC State sent me my first recruiting letter and were the first to start recruiting me. Because of that I started following them, and I liked that they had the No. 1 defense in the country.
"It was a really good game and the fans and facilities were great and I got to meet a lot of the players like Willie Young, A.J. Davis and Oliver Hoyte. They weren't really trying to sell me a lot of early playing time. They were mostly just selling their program."
While State made an obvious good, first impression, there's also little doubt that Auburn is going to be a major contender for Davis' commitment. They were the first school mentioned when asked about other teams he plans to visit.
"Yeah, Auburn has been there for a while," he said. "I plan to visit them as well as Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia. Those schools and NC State would be my top teams right now but everyone is equal. I want to keep all my options open."