'They Are My Favorite School'

Dade City (FL) Pasco athlete Darrell Davis discussed his NC State official visit with Pack Pride.

Davis, who headed into the trip with NC State among his favorites, was impressed with his first official visit.

"It went real good, I had a great time," Darrell Davis said. "The highlight was probably the coaches. I really enjoyed my meeting with coach Amato in his office and talking with coach Trestman about how they could use me on offense. Coach Amato talked about how great of a player I can be and what type of place Raleigh is for students."

Davis was hosted by Wolfpack junior wide receiver Lamart Barrett, and Barrett did a great job of making the three-star prospect feel comfortable.

"He's a real good guy," Davis said of Barrett. "He was honest about everything. I know coaches at all colleges are going to sometimes tell you what you want to hear, but I really got a chance to talk with Lamart about NC State. He did a good job of telling me about all aspects of the program."

During his visit Davis also had a chance to hang out with two other major NC State targets, wide receiver Johnny Patrick and Wolfpack quarterback commitment Justin Burke.

"I got to know Johnny Patrick from Deland real well," said Davis. "He's a cool guy. I'm going to Louisville with him next weekend.

"Justin was easy to talk to. It was good to meet him because I know he is suppose to be a great quarterback. I watched film of him and he looked confident in the pocket, and I know he put up some stats this year."

Davis admitted that the visit went so well that he nearly committed to NC State, but after talking with head coach Chuck Amato he decided to hold off and take his remaining visits.

"I didn't commit," he said. "I wanted to come home and discuss everything with my mom and my dad because I came up by myself.

"Before I left I talked with coach Amato in his office, and I told him that North Carolina State was No. 1 on my list and if it was up to me I'd commit right now. But he told me that I should take my visits. He said that I should take my time and enjoy recruiting because I earned it.

"That's another thing I like about North Carolina State. The coaches are all honest and upfront. I really like coach Amato, coach Trestman, and coach Dixon. They don't pressure you or anything like that."

Davis claims more than a dozen offers from programs like NC State, Michigan State, South Florida, and Central Florida, and he believes Florida could be offering soon. After his first official, the Wolfpack lead for him.

"I was real happy with North Carolina State," said Davis. "The visit moved them up to the top of my list. They are my favorite school. There's also Florida and South Florida. I'll be going to both of those schools in January, and after I visit both of them I'll be making my decision."

A 6-foot-5, 200-pound wideout/safety, Davis totaled 45 catches for 945 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior season. He also tallied 54 tackles and six interceptions on defense.

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