Avery Davis will arrive at Notre Dame for his second visit with eyes wide open.
Not only has the four-star quarterback made the trek to South Bend before, Davis knows everything that’s happened since.
Notre Dame has expanded its quarterback search by offering four-star Hendon Hooker, who visited earlier this week. Now the Irish want to get a quarterback commitment sooner than later. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford has kept in contact to that end.
“(Davis) and coach Sanford have really kept in contact,” said Joey McGuire, who coaches Davis at Cedar Hill High School. “That’s what I’ve been so impressed with from Notre Dame, the way they’ve handled this. He’s aware of the other quarterback but I think they’ve been really good about, ‘Hey man, let’s make a decision and when you do make a decision let’s get locked in and go on.’ They’ve given him really time to consider everything. I hope this weekend is that last deal to not necessarily get him over the hump but help him make the decision.”
Davis has a few other programs to consider.
Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon State, Purdue, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Utah and Virginia are among the other scholarship offers on the table. Notre Dame offered during the season and landed a visit from Davis for Senior Day in November.
Since then Davis has had plenty of time to consider the Irish from afar, including the depth chart. Malik Zaire returns from an ankle injury for spring practice while DeShone Kizer and Brandon Wimbush round out the quarterback depth chart.
Incoming freshman Ian Book will join this summer. All have multiple years of eligibility remaining, something Davis knows going in.
“I think it’s human nature to want to play now just because you’re a competitor,” McGuire said. “But I think he also understands. He’s a very mature kid. I think right now in this business a little bit of that is missing. You wish, and Notre Dame is in a position to do this, where you can red shirt a kid and have him on campus and have him ready to compete whenever it’s time. I think Avery understands that.
“If you’re playing somewhere where you have to play as a freshman, you’re probably going somewhere that’s not very good right now. I think Avery understands and will go through the process of getting on the training table, getting bigger, faster and stronger and preparing himself to play. He’ll be ready for that.”
So, what’s the most important thing for Davis to learn this time around? Getting more quality time around the coaches, players and watching practice is likely top priority in terms.
“Just being down there again and spending a little more time with those guys,” McGuire said. “I think talking to his mom and his granddad, everyone feels really comfortable with the place. I think just seeing the guys work together and being around the team more. Being around the spring practice setting I think will be good for him.”