USC Pursuing Peach State RB

Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, GA) running back Brandon Davis is one of the top backfield prospects in the Peach State's class of 2008, and the physical runner has seen his offer list grow to six, with several other schools also expressing strong interest in his services. Where do the Gamecocks stand with this top Georgia prospect? Read inside to find out.

Davis, who measures in at a solid 5'10" and 195 pounds, claims offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Duke, and Central Florida. The Gamecocks were the most recent team to extend an offer to Davis in late March, and the bruising backfield prospect shared his thoughts on the USC program.

"I like them a lot. I went up there for their junior day, and their stadium is incredible. Their facilities are really nice, and their coaches are very personable," said Davis. "I met Coach (Steve) Spurrier, and of course he's one of the best coaches in college football. It was just an overall good experience."

With three upperclassmen running backs currently on the roster, the Gamecocks have made Davis a top priority in this recruiting class.

"I'm a big priority to them. I believe they're trying to sign two (running backs) this year. Coach (Shane) Beamer hasn't told me a specific number of backs that they've offered, but he says it's a very select group. Coach (Robert) Gillespie, their running backs coach, said that I stood out as a big time player that could change their program and help them win games and SEC Championships at the next level."

According to Davis, he has developed a strong bond with his USC recruiter, Coach Shane Beamer, that extends beyond just football.

"Coach Beamer is my recruiter, and he's very personable. He's very nice. He talks to you, not just about football, but to see how everything's going in your normal life. He talks about academics and asks about my grades. He's just a good person to talk to person to person and not keep everything sports related."

Davis, who is also receiving strong interest from major programs like Colorado, North Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Houston, and Rutgers, is keeping his options open in regards to favorites at this point, but he does know of several factors that he is looking for in a school.

"Number one, I look at education. That degree is always a priority. I would also like to play somewhere I feel comfortable, and the environment has to be very good. That's important because I'll be living there for four years. I have to like the coaches and make sure that we're on the same page as far as communication and how they're going to coach me when I'm playing for them. I want them to help me mature and build my character, not only as a player, but as a man. Weather conditions are a big factor as well. I have to be comfortable with the weather I'll be playing in at the school I go to, and I'd like to play early in my career if possible as a freshman. That's another big factor as well."

The talented Peach State prospect, who runs a 4.4 second forty yard dash, has not yet set a timeframe for his decision.

"I'm going to talk about (a timeframe) with my family. We're going to sit down, pray about it, and wait until everything unfolds. There's no specific timeframe right now as far as when I'm going to make my decision."

When asked to describe what strengths he brings to the football field, Davis said that he has all of the tools to become an every down back at the next level.

"I would say that I'm a very strong player. I have great speed and great vision. I have a good cutback lane, and I have very good hands. I can see the field. I run very low to the ground and punish defenders. I love running between the tackles and use my speed when necessary. I have a good burst of speed. I'm a downhill runner, and I would say that I'm a good running back as far as the capabilities that you look for in a running back. I believe I'm that guy at the next level that can get you those four yards on every carry, and that's what coaches love to see. At the next level, they look for you to get those positive yards on every play."

Davis' teammate at Peachtree Ridge, cornerback Cameron Demps, is another highly touted prospect in the 2008 class, and Davis said that the two of them have expressed an interest in playing together at the next level.

"Yes, we talk about that a lot of times. We'll see how the ball falls as far as us being offered by the same schools, and we'll just have to play it out and see what happens."

Fresh off winning the 5A state championship last season, Davis knows that he and his teammates will be wearing a bullseye on their chests this fall, but he says he is more than up for the challenge.

"We just came off a state championship, and we're looking to come back strong. We have a lot of good players coming back, and we just got a new coach who brings a winning program wherever he goes. As a team, we're just going to forget about last year's state championship, because we have a target on our back now. We have to play every game like it's our last, and hopefully we'll be at that fifteen game mark and come out with another state championship."

Davis, who rushed for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior last season, has had coaches from Colorado, Louisville, and Vanderbilt come by his school this week, and he said several more are expected to drop by in the coming weeks. He claims a 3.4 grade point average.

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