Cornerback thinking visits and season

Fort Worth (Dunbar HS) corner <b>D.J. Davis</b> may be one of the most versatile athletes in Texas this season. Does he have any visits set? Who are his favorites? And how fast is he really?

Name: D.J. Davis
Position: CB/FS
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 188 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.31 as a sophomore
Bench Press: 350 lbs
Hometown/School: Fort Worth, Tx. (Dunbar HS)

One of the most versatile athletes in Texas, D.J. Davis and his Fort Worth Dunbar HS teammates open up Saturday versus Brownwood HS at Texas Stadium.  Although colleges are still talking about cornerback and free safety, D.J. could play tailback, wide receiver, quarterback, both defensive backfield spots, and even punt in certain situations.

While his main focus is keeping traditional powerhouse Dunbar HS on its prestigious plane, D.J. can't help let his mind wander a little bit toward recruiting.  How many offers has he gotten to date?

"Twenty-three the last time I counted.  I've got the media guides for most of the schools," said D.J.

Of those twenty-three schools, Davis has only seen one in person, having visited nearby Texas A&M twice in the last two years.

"The first time I went [R.C. Slocum] was the head coach and me and my teammate, Bobby Tatum, went up to watch them play Nebraska," said D.J.  "The second I went was the Nike Camp.  I didn't participate, I just talked with (Head) Coach (Dennis) Franchione, (safeties) Coach (Melvin) Smith, (defensive line) Coach (Stan) Eggen, and (cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Thurmond about what positions I want to play and how much they wanted me to come to their school."

What factor or factors really stand out about the Texas A&M program?

"Coach Franchione.  He's a cool coach.  Coach Eggen is also.  Then the program over there is pretty dominating--not as of now, but when the season starts, I pretty sure, he'll turn a lot of heads."

Although the Aggies see D.J. as a free safety, he admitted that he feels more suited for cornerback on the next level, a position more apt to let him use his greatest asset more effectively--his speed.  As a sophomore in high school, D.J. ran a 4.31 forty at Texas' summer camp.

"We haven't run a legit forty since then," admitted D.J., who believes his time would be better now.  "I'm pretty sure I'm a little faster.  I was just a little youngster then."

With official visit time just around the corner, has he set up any visits yet?

"I thought about it, but me and my parents haven't sat down and actually thought about officials or my top five.  I have to do that pretty soon," D.J. stated, whose team plays on Friday nights, leaving him Saturday open.  "I'm pretty sure I'll take a definite visit to A&M and Penn State.  Other than those two, that's about it."

Penn State has had an interesting history with D.J., going from a favorite, to his doghouse after a lull in contact, and now back into a position where they seem like a sure official visit.  The Nittany Lions want D.J. as a corner and he keeps in touch with Coach Brian Norwood on a pretty consistent basis.

"I call them regularly," said D.J., whose last conversation with Penn State came last week.  "(Coach Norwood) was asking how are two a days going, how did I think the first week of school was going to be, and how did the Brewer srimmage was going to be like--were we ready for Brownwood yet."

D.J. estimates he talked to Coach Norwood, the Nittany Lion safeties coach and former Texas Tech defensive backs coach, about 30 times in the recent weeks.

What characteristics of the Nittany Lion program make them high enough on his list to score a potential official visit?

"Coach Norwood and Coach Paterno.  Everybody I talk to about Penn State, they tell me it's a real good program.  Coach Paterno is like the greatest of them all," D.J. extolled.  "I've spoken with Coach Paterno like five or six times."

"I have his home number," D.J. quipped.  "He just tells me about how the guys are doing and what position I want to play.  More or less, we just talk about the guys."

Although he said that all of the schools recruiting him are on equal footing, D.J. mentioned A&M and Penn State in some promincence.  One of the biggest questions D.J. must answer in the coming months is does he stay in-state or go out-of-state because he has an extremely close bond with his father.  Will that bond influence him in one direction or another?

"Yeah, but in a way he'll want to be where I am.  He doesn't have a preference as to where I go, he just wants me to go to a school where its a positive for me," D.J. admitted.

Right now, there is no set time frame for when he will decide on his visits or make his final decision.

"I'm just going to let it happen as it happens," D.J. philosophied.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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