Miami (Fla.) Killian linebacker Bruce Davis enters his last high-school season with multiple universities interested: Akron, Cincinnati, Illinois, Marshall, Old Dominion, South Florida and Temple have all offered.
But when Syracuse offered to the 6-foot-1 rising senior last week, it immediately thrust the Orange onto his short list.
"It gives me an opportunity to play football at a higher level," Davis said. "And showed that I had the skills to play."
Offensive coordinator George McDonald surprised Davis with the offer at his high school this week, according to Davis. He says that it was the first time he saw coach Acosta in person. Most of their conversations in the past, Davis said, came through Facebook and Twitter.
But that was enough for the linebacker, who has been interested in Syracuse since those interactions started.
"I was really excited, because honestly, that [Syracuse] is my second choice," Davis said.
He says that Cincinnati is still his top choice. The Bearcats have been his favorite since offering to him early this year. He plans to visit SU and Cincy this upcoming summer, and feels that both schools can offer him great experiences.
"I'm a kid that spent his whole life in Miami, Florida, so they are giving me the opportunity to see other places and travel," Davis said. "I want to experience somewhere outside of Florida, so it will be a nice adventure for me."
Being close to home is not a high priority, but with big programs like Florida and Florida St. showing interest in him—neither have offered him a scholarship—he is still open to the idea of staying in the Sunshine State.
"If I get an offer from Florida, then that's going to be my top choice to stay in Florida. That will be my only reason," Davis said. "But if I don't, then I am leaving [the state]."
Overall, Davis has enjoyed the recruiting process. He is going to announce his college decision near the end of this football season. Right now, he is just enjoying the attention and not being overwhelmed by it.
"As my father always told me, ‘stay humble,' " Davis said. "I'm just trying to keep calm.
"But it is nice to know that people are watching me and like how I play the game of football."
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