Committed LB Noor Davis visits Stanford

To date, the biggest surprise of Stanford's 2012 recruiting class remains the sight-unseen commitment of elite four-star outside linebacker Noor Davis. Despite having offers from seemingly every powerhouse school in the nation, Davis committed to Stanford – without taking even so much as one trip to campus.

A few weeks back, however, Noor Davis finally saw the school he's been committed to since mid-May, when he and his father spent the better part of a week in California.

Davis' California trip started in southern California, where he spent time with family and took a few quick college visits. Then, it was up to Palo Alto.

"We flew into Los Angeles," Davis said. "Then we checked out USC for two hours, UCLA for two hours and hung out with family in that area. Then we went up to Stanford."

Davis and his father spent three days on the Farm, where they got the full Stanford experience.

"Over the three days we did a lot of things," Davis said. "Toured the campus, went up on Hoover Tower, got a chance to see all the athletic facilities, academic facilities, met with business professors, communications department and then, of course, the coaches."

Multiple members of the Stanford coaching staff showed Davis around. For his part, Davis said that while he has many pleasant memories, people most prominently stood out.

"A lot of things [were highlights]," Davis said. "The campus, and how nice it looked, but also the people; the people are probably what sets Stanford apart from any other school. The people are very intelligent, they're all focused on doing things outside of football, and that's something that I really respect."

During the three days, Davis also had a chance to meet with Stanford's baseball coach Mark Marquess to discuss the possibility of a righty outfielder playing baseball as well.

"I'll play baseball at Stanford," Davis said." I got a chance to meet with the head coach of the baseball team and the assistant coaches. They had a kids' camp going on at the time so we went out and toured the field and saw the batting cages and everything, so it's very neat."

In all, the trip exceeded Davis' lofty expectations.

"It exceeded it," Davis said. "I didn't realize the campus was as beautiful as it was. When I saw it, it was amazing. It was definitely a place that I want to call home."

It's not surprising then that the visit also helped solidify Davis' already strong Stanford commitment.

"Yes, yes it did," Davis said. "I was already solid with my commitment in the first place, but this reinforced that."

Davis is taking initiative to make sure his commitment stays that way. He's nearing the end of his Stanford application, and hopes to send it to the admissions office shortly.

"I'm almost finished with my application, going to get that finished by the end of this month and see where we'll go from there," Davis said.

With the California trip now behind him, Davis reports he is done with taking unofficial visits. He'll take an official trip to Stanford and possibly a few other schools.

"After this, the only places I'll go is to my official visits," Davis said. "My father encouraged me to take other officials, but the only one that I know for sure of right now is the Stanford official."

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