Irish #1 for Florida Cornerback T.J. Davis

With over 40 offers to his credit, Tallahassee (FL) Amos P. Godby High School cornerback T.J. Davis has one program at the top of his list: Notre Dame. IrishEyes.com spoke with Davis and two of his high school coaches.

While other names have been talked about for filling cornerback spots in Notre Dame's Class of 2012, one name not mentioned is Tallahassee (FL) Amos P. Godby High School's T.J. Davis.

Davis, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound speedster who has been timed at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, makes no secret why the Irish are at the top of his 40-plus scholarship offers.

"Tradition! Notre Dame has great tradition and you know you will have a chance to win a National Championship there. They also have great coaches and everyone knows it's a great place to earn a degree."

When did Irish coaches started to show interest?

"Notre Dame offered me back in February and I've been staying in contact with Coach (Tim) Hinton since that time. We talk every week about me taking an unofficial visit and an official visit to Notre Dame."

So when will Davis make a trip north to visit the Notre Dame campus?

"I'm not sure about an unofficial visit. However, I plan on taking my official visit with my family the weekend of the USC game."

When asked where the Irish stood on his offer list, Davis wasted no time in giving the Irish the #1 spot.

"Notre Dame is Number One with a bullet. The coaching staff and the chance to play early plus the chance to earn a top degree in communications are some of the reasons why."

As for the distance away from home, Davis stresses his desire to get away.

"I'm trying to get out of Florida and Notre Dame would be a great place to go."

When asked if his official visit could find him ready to make a commitment, Davis was again quick in his response.

"All I need to do is go up there and see everything and more than likely I'll give my commitment. I've done my research and Notre Dame looks to have everything I'm looking for."

Amos P. Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell feels Davis is one of the best he's ever seen during his coaching career in college and at the high school level.

"First I have to say T.J. Is a great human being and a tremendous person. He is an outstanding student and has been a major contributor since he was a freshman. He is also an all-state performer in track having finished as the state runner-up in the 110-hurdles."

Joining Coach Cottrell in praise of Davis was assistant head coach Cleon McFarlane.

"T.J. Davis is one of the best kids we have ever had here. He is always smiling and always upbeat despite the number of reasons he has to be mad. It is only he and his father, but he never lets it get him down.

"His overall demeanor is great and I feel he is a better person than football player. I feel he's never had a bad day in his life. He has his eye on the prize and is going for it by working on his craft and it is paying off for him now."

His skills as a player has Cottrell and McFarlane excited about his college future.

"T.J.'s coverage skills and how physical he is makes him a complete player. He can cover one-on-one or he can come up in run support and really stroke you. Early this season teams went after him and after about the third game they stayed away from him."

IrishEyes.com will continue to check in with T.J. Davis as he continues through the recruiting process.


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