Coach Speak: Davante Davis

The Orange coaching staff has made it no secret that south Florida is where it wants to target its defensive backs in recent cycles, and 2015 is already following suit with a par of Miami cornerbacks on the commitment list. Davante Davis was added on Tuesday, and from what Coach Tim Harris said about his junior talent, he could be one of the most important recruits in the class.

Continuing its run on commitments since late April, Syracuse snagged its first May pledge on Tuesday when George McDonald landed Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington cornerback Davante Davis.

The 6-foot-2, 180 pound prospect transferred to the 2013 national champion Tornadoes this semester after time at Homestead (Fla.) High School, where he missed considerable time as a junior.

It makes the find by the Orange that much more impressive.

"He's a long, physical corner, very athletic," said Tim Harris, Jr., Washington High's head coach. "A kid with great ball skills, he does a good job of playing different coverages – whether from a man aspect or in zone. I think his ceiling is very high.

"Since he's gotten over here to us, he's gotten a lot better and I look forward to his continued development going into the offseason and going into August. I think he'll be ready to blossom and show that he's a high, high level Division I prospect."

The torn labrum suffered in 2013, which required surgery, slowed the recruitment of Davis, but his new coach thinks he'll be over that hump sooner rather than later.

"He had an injury later on in the season (last fall), he needs to show that he rehabbed that injury and come out and show that intensity and the passion for the game of football," he said. "I think playing in our league here at Booker T., against the schedule we play year-in, year-out, is going to make him raise his game to the highest level possible.

"From a practice perspective, he's been doing a good job every day and he's been able to compete with the guys. We haven't had a corner with his physical skill-set in our time here at Booker T. at all. We've been very impressed just by his ability to get up in guys face with his long arms and still be able to have the hand-eye coordination to break on balls and things like that. I'm really excited about his future…he'll be a big-time college football player one day."

Harris reports that the new ‘Cuse commitment is ahead of his rehab schedule and participating well during spring practices. He says it's an example of his character.

"Great kid, overall. He has a really good personality, but he's also one of those laid back types," he said. "When you look at a lot of high level recruits at this level, you have kids that want to be in the limelight and want to be in the spotlight every time. Davante doesn't fit that, he's to himself, he talks to his teammates a lot, but he's more of a leader by example type of guy."

The traits explained have mirrored his demeanor among teammates on the field as well, though it may change as he gets more acclimated to Tornado football.

"It's a lot to come into a program like this, so he's not as vocal yet as he probably will be as we get into the summer months," Harris said. "But he's trying to show that he's ready to take his game to the next level.

"He's about to blow up in recruiting."

Davis, who scored a 19 on his ACT of late, is said to already be fully qualified in the classroom.

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