LB Davis to visit Card, play All-America Game

It takes a rare breed of football player to have invitations to play in both the Army and Under Armour All-America games, while also being recruited by a number of Division I baseball programs. Then again, it becomes apparent after just a few minutes on the phone with The Villages Charter High School (The Villages, Flor.) linebacker Noor Davis that he's no ordinary recruit.

Universally heralded as one of the 2012 class' best players in talent-rich Florida, Noor Davis told The Bootleg that he had around 20 verbal offers in an interview last week.

If that wasn't validation enough of his talent, invitations to two premier All-Star games were.

"I accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America game," Davis said. "I guess they had seen me play and watched my film and looked a little bit more into character traits. I had invitations from them and the U.S. Army game and I chose to play in the Under Armour one because it's closer to where I live. The U.S. Army one is a great game as well, so it was a privilege to be invited to both of them."

Stanford is also quite high on the talented defender. Several Cardinal coaches have been in touch with Davis, and the Cardinal verbally offered in early March.

"We all know, people across the world know that Stanford is such a great school," Davis said. "I established a great rapport and relationship with Coach Shaw and Coach Lance Anderson and the defensive coordinator Derek Mason. We kind of hit it off right off the bat and it was a great conversation."

The Bootleg asked Davis to further discuss his interest in the Cardinal.

"Well Stanford's academics are great, they're one of the best in the nation," Davis said. "They're graduation rate is very high, I thought it was 100 percent last time I checked, if not in the upper 90's. I love their defensive package. They're very aggressive. I watched them play in the Orange Bowl and I loved the way their defense got after it. The way they attacked and kept putting pressure on Tyrod Taylor, I could see myself in that position trying to make plays."

It's not just the football staff recruiting Davis to Stanford, however.

"Baseball has also been recruiting me at Stanford," Davis said. "[Assistant Coach] Dean Stotz, baseball and football have been sending me letters."

Davis, a standout outfielder on his high school's baseball team, said he would embrace the opportunity to play two sports in college.

"It would definitely be a benefit, it would be awesome," Davis said. "I would love to, but we'll see when the opportunity presents itself."

While Palo Alto is more than 2,750 miles from The Villages, a planned retirement community in central Florida with a median age of 66, Davis is more familiar with California living than most East Coast prospects. He was born in Southern California, living in Irvine until he was three and moved east. Davis still has plenty of family up and down the state.

"I was born in California and I grew up there for a couple of years and have a lot of relationships with family in that area," Davis said. "My uncle and aunt live in Palo Alto as well."

However, Davis said that football, baseball, and distance considerations will all take back seat to academics when it comes time to make a college decision.

"First, it will be academics, because my family is very big on being a student-athlete, but student comes first," Davis said. "So they really pushed me hard in the classroom. Then I'll look at location, whether it's in a big city or a college town, somewhere I feel comfortable, a place where I could see myself going if I didn't play football. Then, I'm looking for a good fit for myself because I have to feel comfortable because I'll be going to that school for four years."

Davis has already taken tangible steps to explore the type of collegiate environment in which he will feel most comfortable.

During his spring break, he went on an extended college tour, visiting schools like Purdue, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Harvard, Virginia, and Boston College. Davis said the trip was helped him gain better perspective into the recruiting process.

"It gave me more experience in what I want to know, and a sense on what standards I need to set at other schools," Davis said. "It really makes me more open to different schools and I know different things now."

Over the summer, Davis plans to fly west to visit a few more prospective college choices.

"I'll visit UCLA and Stanford this summer in June," Davis said. "I'll head out there and hang out with some family and then tour the different universities. After my tour, [Stanford] might be a school that I'd consider taking an official to."

The West Coast trip will help Davis cut his list of schools down to a more manageable five. He plans to take all of his official visits next fall before making a commitment.

"During the summer time I plan to narrow my list to five," Davis said. "I plan on taking all five of my official visits during my season and during the Under Armour game, if I‘m privileged enough to make my decision on national television, I'll definitely do that; if not, I'll do it on Signing Day."

Davis, who took the ACT earlier this month, reports a 4.3 GPA. He hopes to major in business and minor in "communications with an aspect of broadcast journalism."

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