Xavier Davis was the first member of Gary Andersen’s 2017 recruiting class, having pledged to Oregon State last November. Being a junior college athlete, Xavier found himself in a unique situation, as he was a true freshman non-qualifier out of high school. Meaning, he still had another year before completing his associate’s degree and qualifying to transfer to a 4-year institution.
With the need to focus on his academics, Davis decided to redshirt this year and have three years to play three seasons upon arriving at Oregon State.
“I redshirted this year because it was just smarter for me that way. I had offers to play and then I committed to where I wanted to go. So, this way I would have three years to play, instead of being a 2-for-3, I’m going to be a 3-for-3. So it really didn’t make sense to play this year,” Davis explained to BeaverBlitz.
Having been committed for so long, Xavier has been up to Oregon State on a couple different occasions. This weekend however, he will be able to see everything from a different perspective, as he will be on his official visit to see the Beavers take on the Arizona Wildcats.
“I really want to be able to see the game day atmosphere inside of Reser Stadium. I want to see it lit and just have a good time. And then on top of that, I also do have some more questions about my major that weren’t really answered on my last visit. But really Coach Andersen, Coach McGiven and Coach K have done a good job answering any questions that I have.”
Despite not playing this season, and even though he has been committed to Oregon State for over a year now, other programs have maintained contact in recruiting Davis. It truly is a testament to his abilities for these programs to continue to recruit him.
“I’m fairly solid with my commitment to Oregon State, I should be signing with them come December. I’m still hearing from U of A, Kansas State, and Michigan State a lot. Those are the schools that are always in my inbox right now. Honestly though, I’m just really excited to see U of A and OSU under the lights up there this weekend.”
We’ll get Xavier’s thoughts on his visit once he returns home. Stick with BeaverBlitz for the best coverage of Gary Andersen’s recruiting efforts as he looks to Build the Dam for 2017.