Weis Personally Scoops Film Of Davis

John Michael Davis has already played inside Notre Dame Stadium. A couple summers ago, he and his Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic teammates advanced to the championship game of the Adidas passing tournament held on campus, and the final was played inside the house that Rockne built.

That might not be the last time the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Davis plays on Notre Dame's home field.

The Irish are showing early interest in the 2009 prospect. So are a few future Notre Dame opponents. Head coach Charlie Weis and assistant Brian Polian stopped by the Scout.com top-100 player's school a few weeks ago to pick up film. Polian sent Davis a follow-up email saying he is going to be back out in January.

"It was like a present," John Michael Davis said of Weis dropping by his school. "Everyone knew when he got to our school. He didn't come by for that long."

Davis said he is in regular touch with the coaches from Florida, Stanford, Alabama, UCLA and California. He is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.

The Irish coaches aren't the only ones that have been by to grab some film.

"Most of the Pac 10 schools have come by, most of the Mountain West schools have come by," head coach Mike Jacot said. "Notre Dame is probably the only school from across the country that came through so far."

They likely won't be the last.

Davis had 80 tackles and an interception this past fall, helping his team to a playoff berth and a 5-5 record. He did miss two of those games with a sprained ankle.

"When you look at the prototypical linebacker that plays major college football, he fits that profile," Jacot began. "That's really the bottom line. He's big, fast and physical. Those are the things that standout, and what the recruiters see on the film. And he passes the eyeball test."

Davis, who ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at a Scout.com combine in San Francisco, reported a bench press of 315 pounds, and a squat of 510. His father, also named John Michael, is actually the program's strength and conditioning coach.

"I'm a big weight room guy," Jacot said. "The thing that separates John in the weight room is those are legit numbers. That's not a half squat."

Davis and his team lost the championship game inside Notre Dame Stadium, but the three-day experience was a lot of fun.

"That was crazy," Davis said of playing inside the stadium. "It was great.

"The campus was huge and really nice. All the dorms were cool and the dining hall was huge.

"It's a great school. They have a lot of tradition, and it would be really cool to go there."

It was cool for the coaches as well.

"I have quite a few coaches that are quite the Notre Dame fans," Jacot said. "Our defensive coordinator, most of his family is from South Bend and still lives in South Bend. That was a huge deal for a lot of my coaches, and being at a catholic school, we have quite the Notre Dame fan base."

Davis played safety as a sophomore, registering 52 tackles and four interceptions. He has been on unofficial visits to UCLA, California, Stanford and Florida. He saw the Gators beat up on Florida State this fall.

"It was crazy," he said of the swamp. Davis listed an early top five of Notre Dame, Florida, Stanford, Alabama and UCLA. "The fans are insane there."

Davis, who has a 3.4 GPA, said he is going to attend Florida's Friday Night Lights camp and probably a local camp this summer. He is still deciding on some others, and Notre Dame is definitely in the mix. A lot of that will just depend on the interest.

"I'm just looking for a good football program," Davis said. "Good coaches, and a place I'll enjoy living the next four years."


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