Davidson Declares Pitt as the Leader

Elizabeth Forward (PA) wide receiver JaQuan Davidson moves Pitt to the front of his list and drops West Virginia to second. Davidson is no longer interested in dragging out his decision and wants to announce his commitment this season.

Elizabeth Forward (PA) wide receiver JaQuan Davidson is sitting on six offers for now, but is still expecting some others to drop in before he makes his final commitment on signing day. The senior wide receiver has collected scholarship offers from Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Temple, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Youngstown State. However, Davidson has already rejected at least one, that being Youngstown State.

Davidson has yet to rule out the other five choices or potential offers on the way. Davidson – currently a three-star athlete and No. 108 wide receiver in the country by Fox Sports Next – does have some family ties when it comes to his number one pick of Pittsburgh.

"My stepbrother Elijah Fields who played at Duquesne High School actually committed to Pitt in 2005," Davidson told Panther Digest. "My dad went through the recruiting process a lot with him already.

"My first offer was West Virginia and I was shocked. I always liked them when I was a little kid, and I liked Pitt as well because my stepbrother went there. I was going to make a decision last month, but my stepbrother told me to hold off and wait because he said more will come. He's helped a lot because he already went through all of this. He was also right about me getting more offers."

The 6-3, 180-pound Davidson is getting advice from his stepbrother and parents, but ultimately they have left the decision up to him. Davidson joked about how "moms can be moms" and that she probably wouldn't be the biggest fan if he went too far away from home. He finally admitted that his mom would like it if he went to Pitt or West Virginia, but in the end she made sure to let her son know that it's his decision to make.

The recruit's athletic talents are already appealing to six schools, and potentially even more. Davidson feels most comfortable at wide receiver, but is also willing to play at any position his future coaches call on him to play. Whether that's at quarterback or on the other side of the ball at corner, Davidson has experience playing both and would be ready to make the switch. One offer that might come his way – Michigan State. Davidson said he was suppose to hear from the Spartans but hasn't received a call just yet.

"I'm not even going to worry about Michigan State right now," said Davidson. "I'm going to make my decision October 3, but I'll still consider other offers if I pick any up after that. It's a big game for us against West Mifflin and it's on Root Sports. Basically I want to get it done and over with so I can focus on the season with the rest of my teammates, and no longer worry about this recruiting stuff.

While Pitt is at the top for now and could be on October 3, there is still a chance that Davidson's decision could be much different come signing day. Coach Paul Chryst and the rest of his staff have made a good impression early, but if Michigan State jumps in then Davidson's former impressions may change.

"Pitt is leading right now and West Virginia dropped to second," said Davidson. "I like how Pitt cared about my grades first and they helped me out a lot this summer. I was behind on my grades and they helped set up a plan for me. I took summer classes, which helped me out a lot. Another big factor is that I like the Pitt coaches and their honesty. They said if I decided to commit I would get a chance to compete right away for playing time."

The Panthers coaches have recruited the young wideout the hardest, but they will have to keep it that way if they want to convince Davidson that Pitt is it, and only it.


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