Davis: 'I Think I Can Fit In'

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- One of the state's top 1A athletes, Emanuel Davis is an outstanding prospect on the gridiron and hardwoord. The Manteo (NC) star recently attended the invite-only Shrine Bowl combine and impressed observers with his versatility.

"I'm looking to play anywhere on defense, anywhere I can fit in on defense is a good position for me," Emanuel Davis told Pack Pride. "I play quarterback, wide receiver, outside linebacker and free safety [for Manteo]."

As a junior, Davis garnered Albemarle Conference Player of the Year honors in football and basketball, as he led Manteo to the regional finals in both sports.

Davis rushed for over 1,200 yards playing quarterback for the Redskins. An all-state selection as an athlete, Davis projects as a safety on the next level because of his athletic ability and toughness. In last year's playoff loss to Northampton-West, Davis suffered a broken nose but bandaged up the injury and returned to finish the game.

"No fear," Manteo head coach Walt Davis said of Davis. "He has none. He's probably one of the two or three kids I've coached in 29 years that's had zero fear. He enjoys contact. He's very physical and has tremendous athletic ability. I think his versatility is his greatest asset."

College programs are taking notice. Receiving heavy interest from NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Clemson, Davis has already picked up a scholarship offer from East Carolina.

This summer he wants to camp at several schools so he can try and land more scholarship offers.

"I'm going to go to as many camps as I can go to," said Davis. "I'm going to Carolina's camp, Virginia Tech has a camp, and State has a camp. I'm going to try and get to all of those."

As of now, Davis says East Carolina, NC State, and North Carolina stand out as his top three schools. The Pirates have offered and are the hometown school.

"ECU is close to home," said Davis. "I'm from the east coast so that's the team everybody roots for. They are recruiting me for free safety, but they said I might can play offense too."

NC State and North Carolina are also intriguing. Both programs have their positives.

"I have a few uncles and a lot of family members graduated from [NC] State," said Davis. "That's close to home... I grew up in Mebane, North Carolina. I think I can fit in there.

"[North] Carolina has showed me a lot of love. I come down here as much as I can, and I've talked a lot with the coaches."

Does he have a favorite out of the three in-state programs?

"I don't have a favorite," Davis said. "I'm just leaving all the doors open.

"I'll see how many offers I can get and make my decision from there."

SCOUTING REPORT: "At 5-11, 185 pounds, Emanuel Davis from Manteo (NC) High School is one of the state's top athletes for the class of 2007. Although he took most of his snaps at quarterback for the Redskins, Davis excelled during his time at defensive back as well. This talented player has extremely quick feet, plays aggressive and isn't afraid to hit. His strongest asset is his speed and that allows him to track down ball-carriers and shut down pass receivers. With the ball in his hands he was electrifying at times with the ability to explode through gaps and outrun defenders to the endzone. Davis will most likely project as a cornerback or safety on the next level and will attract major college interest this year before all is said and done." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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