Defensive tackle Jerome Davis has seen his stock rise dramatically over the past few months, as he went from being a relative unknown to one of the most highly regarded prospects in the Peach State.
Davis transferred from Tucker High School to Buford before his junior year and said the transition has been beneficial for him.
"It's been a positive change," Davis told Pack Pride. "Tucker was good for me. That's a great program and I enjoyed playing with them. Buford has probably been better for me as a whole. I think it's matured me to be the young man I am today. Both schools are great, though."
You don't have to talk to Davis long to realize the young man has a good head on his shoulders. His father has been actively involved in the recruiting process with him, helping him sort things out get a feel for what to look for.
Davis said he now holds about 12 scholarship offers. Schools such as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Illinois, in addition to NC State, have extended offers to the 6-1, 250-pound prospect.
Middle Tennessee is the only school Davis has camped at so far this summer, but he has taken unofficial visits to schools such as Troy, Ohio, Alabama, Clemson and others.
"I'm thinking about going down to Florida State or Auburn this weekend (July 18)," Davis explained. "I have the FBU camp coming up, too. I think that's next week or the week after next. I haven't decided if I'm going to FSU or Auburn, though. I don't know if I’ll be able to swing both. I would probably rather go to Florida State, but we'll see. I'd really like to go to Miami but I'm gonna miss that one."
Where does NC State fit into the mix?
"I've been calling them but they can't call us. NC State would definitely be in my top six or so. I like everybody but that's one school I'm very interested in. It's just based on what I've heard. I had a former teammate at Tucker, Deion Roberson, and he's at NC State now. I've just been talking to him and other people about them and it sounds like a great place. I want to go there sometime in August before the season starts. My father is gonna take me up there."
Davis explained that he would like to make his decision in September after taking one or two official visits. He would like to use one of his official visits to take a trip to Oklahoma State, as he has been impressed with the Cowboys' coaches.