Davis Plans To Stay In State

With the Palmetto State being home to highly touted defensive line prospects like Daquan Bowers and Robert Quinn in the class of 2008, Newberry (SC) standout defensive tackle Kentrell Davis is often overlooked in regards to being one of the state's elite prospects. However, with offers from South Carolina and Clemson already in hand, Davis hopes to make some serious noise in his senior season.

The 6'4, 285 pound Davis, who helped lead the Bulldogs to a 12-3 season and a state runner-up finish in the 2A playoffs last season, already claims offers from the two major in-state programs, and he likes what both South Carolina and Clemson are building on the gridiron.

"I've already been offered scholarships by USC and Clemson. I also just got some recruiting letters from Georgia, Michigan State, and a few other big names," said Davis. "Both USC and Clemson are really strong right now, and I feel that as long as they get the talent, they'll be moving in the right direction. I think I'm going to stay in state when I choose whichever school I'm going with."

When asked if he currently claims any favorites in the race for his services, Davis confirmed that the Gamecocks and Tigers are at the top of his list.

"USC and Clemson are at the head of the list for me, because they've been talking with me for a long time. They've been showing me a lot of interest, and I appreciate that."

Davis, who is being recruited by Coach Robert Gillespie for USC and Coach Billy Napier for Clemson, shared what he likes about his two early favorites.

South Carolina - "It's most definitely the coaches at South Carolina. They have Steve Spurrier, and I know with him there he's going to get a good program going. He's not going to put up with any junk from any of the players, and they'll execute under him, and they respect him for that."

Clemson - "They've always been getting players with the best abilities going in. They've had a strong program for a long time now, and it's overdue for them to start winning a lot more games."

The Palmetto State standout already has a good idea of what factors he is looking for in a school.

"Education, location, and family members around the school are like the three top things for me right now."

Davis, who bench presses a max of 350 pounds, said that fans won't have to wait too much longer before he decides on his college choice.

"I'm going to come to a decision before I start my senior year. I don't have an exact date yet, but I'm going to go ahead and announce it before I start my senior year."

When asked to describe his strengths on the football field, Davis replied that his explosiveness and athleticism set him apart.

"I'm explosive off the ball, and I have good power and quickness afterwards."

Lastly, Davis, who will attend South Carolina's junior day on March 3rd, shared a couple of goals for his senior season, as he hopes to gain some more recognition as one of the state's top prospects.

"We're going to be a younger team, but I feel as long as we keep our heads calm and into the game, then we'll be alright. I think we have another team that's going to be able to go back to state. Personally, I just want to become the best that I can be. Instead of being ranked where I am now, I want to be #1 in the state. I just want to improve on that."

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