Chris Davis and Demitrious Davis decided to put an end to their recruiting today, as both gave Pittsburgh a verbal commit on Sunday afternoon. The Davis family held the formal announcement at the Quaker Stake and Lube in Austintown, Ohio.
It really should be no surprise that the school they both visited the most number of times ended up being the top choice.
After making Pitt official on Sunday, both explained that Pitt was number one all along. They came in for a total of five unofficial visits this offseason, including one final one on Saturday—a cookout with a number of other prospects, mostly committed prospects.
"I've always thought, Pitt was always my number one since they offered, since I met that coaching staff," Demitrious Davis said. "I want to play in that offense."
Chris Davis echoed that same sentiment—and added one more factor in why they chose Pitt.
"I love the fans," Chris Davis added. "When we came down for the spring game, and just for a spring game, they were going crazy. The coaching staff, I loved them too. They win nine-plus games a year. That puts us in a position to play for a team that wins."
When they informed the Pitt coaches of their decision, both said that there was a lot of excitement in the voices of some of the Pitt coaches. Tony Gibson had been the initial recruiter. As with this current coaching staff's philosophy, the position coaches eventually take over the recruitment once the area recruiter lays the ground work.
"They were on vacation, coach Graham and (receivers) coach (Mike) Norvell," Chris Davis said. "They both said they were excited. They said it was time to get this thing rolling."
Both players will start off at receiver. Chris Davis explained that if asked to move to another position, such as corner for himself, that could be a possibility.
"Coach Norvell says we're both receivers," Chris said. "But, if one of us has to switch to get on the field earlier, it doesn't matter to me. I'm happy with that. We just want to play."
The two brothers combined for a total of 42 offers. Their commitment to the Panthers gives Todd Graham nine verbal commits in his first full recruiting class. Friday, their teammate Will Mahone announced that he would be making his decision on August 7. For awhile, all three had it planned they would attend the same school. That's still a possibility, and both Davis' are working hard on getting Mahone to make Pitt his choice in two weeks.
"I'd very excited if we could get him," Demitrious Davis explained. "We've played together ever since second grade. I want to continue that. We're trying to get him, and we still have a couple weeks to get him."
Chris said that Mahone is at the top of his wish list, in terms of players he'd like to see join him in this class, he rattled off a bunch of other names he's working on as well.
"I want to see my teammate Will Mahone come here, and a couple other guys from around Ohio," Chris Davis said. "In the 2013 class, Billy Price is a lineman we have. We want to see him here. I've been on (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward defensive end) Darryl Render. I'd also like to see Alex Pace from Glenville come here."
Of course, as a receiver, Davis needs a quarterback to throw to. He's feeling pretty good about Pitt's chances of landing a top-shelf signal-caller in this class.
"I've talked to Chad Voytik a number of times; we've been texting a lot over the last couple of weeks," Chris Davis added. "I think he's a Pitt man."