Four-star Avery Davis Avery Davis returned to Notre Dame this weekend for a second visit and will return to Cedar Hill, Texas as a new Irish commitment. Davis announced his verbal pledge via Twitter while still in South Bend.
Davis also held scholarship offers from Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon State, Purdue, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Utah and Virginia, among others.
Notre Dame offered the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete back in October. Davis, who’s the No. 134 prospect overall in the latest Scout300, impressed offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford during a practice, which led to the offer.
Sanford has been the point man throughout, following up with more trips to Cedar Hill along the way.
“I think that they were very interested early,” Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire told Irish Illustrated in November. “Then the quarterbacks coach came out and watched us go through our game plan. I don’t think a ball hit the ground going through that 50-minute game prep practice. He really liked what he saw. Avery is that kind of kid as far as what Notre Dame prides itself on and what their student body is, the type of people they want at that university. Avery really fits that mold. I thought it was a good deal.”
The first Notre Dame visit for Davis came back in November when he attended the Senior Day game against Wake Forest. But that didn’t mean a quick commitment despite speculation to the contrary.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame looked to at least one other candidate.
Four-star quarterback Hendon Hooker of North Carolina landed an offer this winter and visited earlier this week. In-state target Hunter Johnson is the only other quarterback the Irish offered in the Class of 2017. Johnson chose Tennessee and ultimately flipped to Clemson.
Now Notre Dame has Davis on board, adding to an already loaded position.
Malik Zaire returns to action this spring after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last September. DeShone Kizer, who started in his place, is also in line to compete for the starting job. Brandon Wimbush played a reserve role last season. Ian Book will enroll this summer. While it would be a surprise if Notre Dame’s quarterback depth chart stayed status quo for the next two years, Davis could join a roster with five quarterbacks on scholarship when he enrolls.