Davis: 'It Was Perfect'

With a need for depth along the defensive line, NC State hosted several junior college recruits over the weekend including Cerritos (CA) defensive end Ryan Davis.

With a need for depth along the defensive line, NC State hosted several junior college recruits over the weekend including Cerritos (CA) defensive end Ryan Davis.

"The visit was perfect," said Davis. "Everything went as planned. I got to watch a great game between NC State and Miami, and I learned about the school.

"I'm going to major in History so I learned about their academics, and it is a good fit for me. The coaches were great, and I liked all of the players."

Hosting Davis for NC State was defensive end Willie Young.

"Not only is Willie a great player, but he's an even better person," said Davis. "He was so cool. He showed me everything around NC State and told me how much he liked it there.

"All of their players accepted me. Nobody gave me a hard time. They all made me feel like they wanted me to go to school there."

Another highlight for Davis was attending the Wolfpack's game against Miami. He left impressed not only with the team but also with the Wolfpack's starting quarterback, Russell Wilson.

"I have a feeling that they are going to be a really good team next year," said Davis. "They have everything you're looking for with a strong defense and a really good offense. Russell Wilson can make wonders with that team... he was one of the best quarterbacks that I've ever seen. He made good decisions the whole game. He was elusive... he gave Miami's defense all kinds of problems.

"What stood out to me was how much the whole team wanted to win. Everybody was into the game and it seemed like there were no individuals. It is all about the team at NC State."

Before leaving Raleigh he had a chance to talk with Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien. While Davis felt like O'Brien wanted him to make a decision, there wasn't any pressure placed on him to do so.

"Coach O'Brien was straightforward with me," said Davis. "He told me everything that he would expect from me there, and I told him how highly I thought of the program. I could tell from our meeting that I would love for him to be my coach. His winning attitude spreads to the players on that team.

"Coach O'Brien told me to take my time... he wanted me to commit but he wanted me to do it when I was ready. I told him that I would commit, but I would like to check out another school to make sure that I am making the right decision. He didn't pressure me at all. He let me know that it was up to me and that I am the type of player he is looking to bring into his program."

Davis had a stellar sophomore season for Cerritos as he was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection. He totaled 32 tackles, 17 quarterback hurries, eight sacks, 11 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles.

At a Scout.com combine in the spring, Davis measured in at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, benched 225 pounds 19 times, posted a 4.77 40-yard dash, ripped off a 4.44 shuttle and vertically jumped 35.3 inches.

The talented defensive end has offers on the table from NC State, Kansas, Hawaii, Akron, and Florida International among others. He is scheduled to visit Hawaii this upcoming weekend and a decision could come after that trip.

"I'm going to call Hawaii tonight because I told them I would call when I got back from NC State," said Davis. "I want to take that visit to see another program, but right now my #1 interest is in North Carolina State University.

"It just seemed like the perfect place to be. Although I'm from California, I wouldn't have a problem being away from home because it's a great school and I have family in the south. I think after I go to Hawaii I could be ready to make a final decision."

Davis will have three years to play two seasons and he projects a May enrollee.

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