Quarterback Avery Davis didn’t have an epiphany this weekend that led to his decision to commit to Notre Dame. That’s because he wasn’t looking for one.
“I kind of knew going in … I was more looking for a reason not to (commit), and I couldn’t find one,” Davis said. “I kept saying, ‘how could I not choose here?’ It felt like home.”
Davis committed to Brian Kelly on Saturday afternoon near the end of the Junior Day event.
“Coach Kelly was really excited,” Davis said. “I forget exactly what he said to me when I committed, but he was fired up.”
Davis held offers from Houston, Kansas, Oregon State, Purdue, SMU, Texas Tech, Utah and Virginia, but in-state powerhouses Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M had locked up Class of 2017 quarterback commitments by last August.
“It didn’t bother me too much that they didn’t offer,” said Davis, who grew up cheering for the in-state programs. “I just took it and used it to get better.”
Notre Dame offered the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete in October after Notre Dame
offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford observed him in-person during a practice.
“Coach Sanford is super cool, I can’t wait to be coached by him,” Davis said.
This year, Notre Dame enters the spring with three quarterbacks – Malik Zaire, DeShone Kizer and Brandon Wimbush – competing for the starting position. That’s a positive from the perspective of Davis.
“I love the quarterback competition,” Davis said. “It’s going to be a tough decision for coach Kelly.”
Davis is a Scout 300 prospect and ranked as the No. 12 quarterback in the Class of 2017.