Five-Star Defensive End Looking At OSU

It won't be easy plucking five-star defensive end Luther Davis from the South, but he says he is interested in Ohio State. Davis, ranked as the No. 5 DE prospect in the country by, is considering an impressive list of schools and could make his announcment on national television on Aug. 19.

Five-star defensive end Luther Davis from West Monroe (La.) continues to express interest in Ohio State.

"Absolutely," he said. "I just got my letter last week from (OSU head coach) Jim Tressel and I was pretty excited. It was actually unexpected because I didn't know they had much interest in me. My coach told me he sent them a tape a couple months ago and they must have saw something they liked."

A lot of programs like what they see out of Davis (6-4, 255). He is ranked as the No. 5 defensive end prospect in the country by, and is considering an impressive list of offers.

"Right now I'm looking at USC, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Notre Dame and maybe a few others," Davis said.

As a junior in 2005, Davis recorded 74 tackles, including 14 for loss and eight sacks. He also registered 11 QB hurries, forced four fumbles and blocked two field goals for the Class 5A state champions. Following the 2005 season he was named first-team all-state.

He knew some scholarship offers would be coming his way, but he wasn't expecting such a landslide of big-time offers.

"A year ago at this time, this was something I could only dream about," he said. "When I was younger, I would dream about getting an offer from LSU – the big in-state school. My goal last season was just to play every play like it was my last, play as hard as I can, and it paid off."

According to Davis, Ohio State has also offered a scholarship to fellow Louisiana prospect and friend – wide receiver Ahmad Paige.

"I am planning on taking a visit to Ohio State with Ahmad sometime," Davis said. "I'm not sure if it will be official, or unofficial."

Davis and Paige would like to be a package deal, but they are keeping all of their options open.

"We would like to play college ball together, but we also understand that it might not work out and we need to find the best fit for us as individuals," Davis said. "It would be good if it was the perfect fit for both of us. But if I like Ohio State and they have too many receivers, he might have to look somewhere else. Same thing if we both like a school that doesn't need a defensive end."

Davis and Paige could make a decision as early as next month.

"We're in the process of that right now," Davis said. "We are supposed to announce on Aug. 19 on ESPNews, but it might still be open after that."

Asked to clarify his comments, in regards to whether Aug. 19 is a self-imposed deadline for him, Davis said: "Well, on the 19th, we could pick a school, but know that we still have time to change our mind. Or we could just say we're narrowing it down to a list of four or five schools. It's one of those things where recruiting is great and I'm fortunate to be in this situation, but at the same time it's getting to be a hassle and we want to get it over with if there is a perfect fit."

Davis reports a core GPA of 2.9 and a 17 on the ACT.

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