Davidson ready to compete

The University of Pittsburgh has added a pair of outstanding quarterback prospects to their recruiting class of 2006. One of them, Dexter Davidson (6-ft-4 inches, 215 pounds) from North Broward Prep School in Coconut Creek, FL, is considered one of the top signal callers in the south. The PantherDigest.com spoke with Dexter about his future.

"We had a rough season. Our team finished the season with a 5-3 record. We started slow and then Hurricane Katrina ended our season," stated Dexter Davidson. "The hurricane destroyed our bleachers, some of our field turf and wiped out our press box. We couldn't play our last three games."

"The thing that hurt most was not being able to play Pompano Beach High School. They are our main rivals and we lost to them two years in a row. We had the team to beat them this year."

Davidson threw for 2,240 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior. He threw for over 1,300 yards as a senior. Dexter is capable of running a 4.7 forty-yard dash. He chose the Panthers over Louisville, BYU, Kentucky, Rutgers, Tulane and South Florida.

"I can't wait to get to Pitt and get started. I have talked with Coach (Charlie) Partridge already and I plan on joining the team in May. I may even get there before my high school graduation," said Davidson. "The sooner I get there, the sooner I can start learning their offensive scheme."

Most freshmen enter their initial season with little knowledge about their roommate. Davidson would be the exception to the rule. He divulged to the PantherDigest.com that his roommate will be a rather large one. "I'm going to be rooming with Jared Martin," he said. "Jared and I have known each other for about two years. He's a lot like me. Both of us wanted to get to Pitt early to get a jump on things."

When asked if he was worried about food deprivation with a 290 pound roommate, he jokingly replied, "I'll do my best hide the food!"

Davidson completed 166 of 249 passes for 2,303 yards and scored 39 touchdowns as a sophomore (a Broward County single season record). He has been a four year starter at small forward the North Broward Prep basketball team. Dexter is currently averaging 8 points and 10 rebounds per game.

"I realize that it's Tyler Palko's team next year. He's a great quarterback with a lot of experience. My goal is to get to know him and put myself under his wing. I want to learn everything from him I can from him. By my sophomore year, I can compete with Bill Stull and Kevan Smith for the starting position."

Dexter has been asked to compete in two all-star games. Only one of the games fits into his busy schedule. He was picked to play in the North-South Broward All-Star game and he has accepted the invitation. Davidson was also asked to be the starting quarterback for the Broward team in the Dade-Broward All-Star game. Dexter had to decline the invitation due to conflicts with his basketball schedule.

Davidson has set lofty goals for himself. He told the PantherDigest.com that he was working on improving every aspect of his game. "I have a strong arm and mechanics. My goal is to truly improve my footwork. I want to get better at moving around in the pocket," he said. "Once basketball season is over with, I'm going to hit the weights."

"I want to go to Pitt, take over as starting quarterback and win a National Championship. I'm coming to Pittsburgh with a talented group of players. The future looks very bright."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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