Beavs interested in Vegas WR

FOLLOWING HIS JUNIOR year, most schools looked at the athletic 6-2, 195-pounder out of Shadow Ridge High in Las Vegas and saw one thing at the next level -- a defensive prospect. After his summer camp performance at wide receiver, however, many of them changed their minds. And Oregon State is a school the recruit in question says could be "close" to offering a scholie.

Preston Davis (6.2, 195, 4.58) moved to linebacker his senior year Shadow Ridge has gone to a wing-t, so he might not put up a big number of eye catching receptions or passes-defensed in '07. But he has four scholarship offers and more schools, including Oregon State, are eyeing him closely.

"Colorado hasn't technically offered but they're supposed to be close -- and Oregon State is supposed to be close too," said Davis.

Davis said how he fits into a school's system will be key to his decision.

"I want to be an impact player the second I get there," said Davis. "Obviously, that's something I have to earn. But I also feel athletically, that's something I could do...Oregon State, I like what they're doing out there. I know they've had some struggles at the quarterback position but they seem to be pretty well-rounded."

SINCE SEPT. 1, schools that have called Davis include Oregon State, Utah, Idaho, Boise State and UNLV. He holds offers from Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Air Force.

"All the schools were first interested in me on the defensive side of the ball and then I went to a camp in Stanford and worked out as a receiver, that's when all the schools kind of shifted. I prefer receiver in college but whatever gets me on the field at the best program, that's what I'm going to play," said Davis.

Colorado was the frontrunner after Davis' camp outing in Boulder but it is Utah he's now feeling the most.

"I had that feeling from Colorado when I first left their camp but I haven't talked to them (much) since then. Utah has been pretty high on my list. They keep in contact a lot and their scheme, with the four and five wide receivers could really benefit me.

Utah is high, Oregon State is up there, everybody who hasn't offered is probably "Medium" just because they haven't offered, but I'd say Utah is probably the only "High" one."

TWO GEM STATE schools are also making their presence felt.

"Idaho, so far from what I know, I've talked to three of their coaches and they all seem to be pretty well rounded guys. I really don't know much about the program but as far as showing me love, they're pretty good at that.

"I've heard from (Boise State) about two or three times total. They seem like they're interested in me on the defensive side of the ball, they're one of the few who is still interested in defense."

AN OFFICIAL VISIT to Utah is slated for Dec. 1, with others to follow. And Davis said he is in no rush to make a decision.

"All my officials should be planned for December and then I'd make my decision in January," said Davis.

AS A JUNIOR, Davis earned second team all-division at both receiver and defensive back in '06.

Preston Davis profile and video


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