Two- star Dallas Madison defensive end Anthony Davis is exactly the type of sleeper recruit that SMU needs to bolster its defensive line. Luckily for the Mustangs, Davis is equally interested in playing for them.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior has taken the short over to Highland Park for a visit of the campus and has SMU at the top of his list.
"SMU is really a top choice. They are very high in education and education comes first," Davis said. "I've been to the campus on a tour. I liked it. It seemed very prestigious, very kept up with, and isolated. It was very calm."
SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips visited Davis at practice during the spring, but he has since been recruited by defensive line coach Bert Hill.
"I talked with Coach Hill. I've sent emails to him and had a couple conversations back and forth," Davis said. "He was talking to me about converting me to a linebacker and keeping my grades up."
While Davis has had limited playing time at linebacker in high school, it is not a stretch to envision someone with his athleticism making the transition -he also is on his school's varsity basketball team as a forward.
As the most dangerous member of the Madison defense, he often faced a number of double teams but still successfully got after the quarterback every game and recorded 12 sacks.
But with outside linebacker appearing to be full, the Mustangs may consider Davis as a defensive end, which is his natural position.
Davis has a straight forward and admirable goal for his senior year: to improve upon the progress that he made as a junior.
"I want to get at least more than 12 sacks this year because that's what I got last year," Davis said.
If the Mustangs can get Davis, they would be getting a playmaker on defense that can get to the quarterback, a weakness for many of the current members of the SMU defense.
While SMU has yet to extend an offer, Davis's interest in staying close to home is high. He has been recruited by Baylor, Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, and UTEP. But his only offer is from Northern Colorado.
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