Catching up with D.J.

One of the speediest players in Texas this year is Dunbar HS corner <b>D.J. Davis</b>. Earlier this month, D.J. made an official visit to Penn State. Did he enjoy State College? Does he have any other visits scheduled? When does he hope to have his final decision?

Name: D.J. Davis
Position: CB
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)

Despite Penn State's on the field struggles in 2003, quality student athletes continue to express an interest in the Nittany Lion program.  Rated TheInsiders seventeenth best cornerback prospect, D.J. Davis of Fort Worth (Dunbar HS) in Texas visited Happy Valley officially for the Wisconsin game on October 4th.

"(Penn State) showed me a really nice time.  It was a nice atmosphere, the coaches seemed to be in touch with the players and Coach Paterno is like a legend.  He's a cool coach.  He's young at heart, so that's why he's been able to continue his coaching career," explained D.J.

Besides JoePa, D.J. also got to meet some of the other Penn State coaches while on the visit.

"Coach Norwood is my recruiting coach and I've met him a couple of times already.  I got to meet his family and his kids.  I also met Paterno's son (Jay) and some other coaches.  I'm pretty sure I met all of them," stated D.J., who has spoken with Norwood several times since his visit.

"I went alone and when I got up there, Maurice Humphrey was my host," said D.J., who spent time with Maurice, Michael Robinson, Andy Guman, Zack Mills and Austin Scott and others during the trip.

The Wisconsin game, also Penn State's homing game, was not the greatest weekend weather wise.

"Man, the first half was cold, rainy and I believe it was snowing or something like that.  I don't know, but the second half was pretty cool.  The sun came out and kind of dried some things up and warmed people up."

Does D.J. see the weather as a negative?

"I could handle it, definitely," laughed D.J.

With Penn State losing one of their starting cornerbacks, Richard Gardner, after this season, did the Nittany Lion coaches say anything about the potential of early playing time.

"They said, if I were to come up to State College, that I have to work," explained D.J.  "Nothing's going to be given to me, but they think they know what I'm capable of and I'm capable of coming up there and actually getting a lot of playing time as a freshman, a true freshman."

Did Penn State meet all of the expectations he had envisioned prior to his trip?

"Yeah, a lot of green grass, yes, definitely," D.J. joked.  "The atmosphere, the players and the coaches--I really enjoyed that."

Had D.J. ever seen anything like the wild Penn State homecoming crowd?

"No, I hadn't and it's like crazy, thousands of fans, it's incredible."

On the proverbial scale of one to ten, where would his Penn State trip rank?

"I'd have to rate it a 10," said D.J., who then cautioned,  "I hadn't taken any other visits, so--."

D.J. has been invited to the Army All-American game on January 5th.  He hopes that he will have the opportunity to make his commitment public sometime during the time period of those festivities.  Does D.J. have any of his other four visits scheduled?

"As of now, November 1st is Notre Dame (against Florida State) and I'm pretty sure I'm going to take a trip to Missouri, I just don't know when.  Also, A&M is the 12th, 13th and 14th of December," explained Davis, who's not sure yet about a 5th and final visit.

Will the Penn State visit leave a lasting mark for D.J. to use on any of his future visits?

"It was my first visit.  I can set expectations for my next visit because I've already been on one visit.  That kind of set the tone.  Now I can gauge every other visit from there."

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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