Rutgers continues its search for safety depth, and hosted a former New Jersey standout recruit at Tuesday’s practice in Daviyon Davis.
The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Davis played wide receiver for Hamilton (N.J.) Nottingham but opted for a junior college option and position change after limited college interest. Davis received his associate’s degree at Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna College but because he red-shirted in 2014, has three years of on-field eligibility.
“We’ve been talking, starting a few months ago,” Davis said. “It’s been heating up the last couple of weeks. They’ve said they really like me and invited me to a practice. They haven’t really offered me a scholarship yet, but they’re showing a lot of interest and we talk a lot.”
Davis competed daily in high school with former teammate Saquan Hampton, who is a sophomore safety for the Scarlet Knights.
“He’s one of my closest friends to this day,” Davis said. “It would be great to see him blow up at Rutgers. It should be a big year for him. He loves [the new coaches]. He says they love the new system and the way things are going. He talks all the time about how it could be a big year for Rutgers.”
Davis met most of the coaching staff during his Tuesday visit to campus, citing relationships with safety coach Bill Busch and high school relations director Rick Mantz.
“Coach Busch especially seems great,” Davis said. “I was watching him the entire practice, and I’ve never been around a true safety coach. It’s great to talk to him and hear that he has interest in me like that. … There was a lot of intensity. The coaches were really on the players, but it was more about teaching them. They practice hard. Their direction as a program is going up.”
Louisiana Lafayette, Eastern Michigan, Southern Illinois and Alabama A&M are also after Davis, who could spend a third year at junior college or make the jump upwards in 2016.
Davis is on the open market, and feels ready for the next step, but wants to make a decision within the next few weeks. He played six games as a red-shirt freshman at Lackawanna with 17 tackles, two interceptions and a punt return touchdown.