Syracuse received some good recruiting news on Thursday as they landed 2015 three-star Miami (Fla.) Central defensive end Keivonnis Davis. The Orange’s ability to land the talented prospect was due in large part to the efforts of wide receivers coach George McDonald, who continues to be a strong force on the recruiting trail.
”George McDonald, the wide receivers coach, does a great job with recruiting kids from South Florida,” Miami Central head coach Roland Smith said. “Keivonnis has a great relationship with coach McDonald. He (Davis) likes that he has the opportunity to play and start right away as a freshman. He likes the small college atmosphere with the small class sizes. He’s just very excited about being an Orange.”
While Davis has had other power five offers, Syracuse had not started recruiting him until recently. After reviewing his tape and speaking with coach Smith, an offer came earlier this week, taking full advantage of the time off with a bye.
”George saw him and thought he would be a great asset and offered the kid,” Smith said. “He showed him to the d-line coach and he loved him. Then George came down and he called the d-line coach and committed.”
The Miami Central standout started researching Syracuse shortly after they offered and was impressed by what he discovered.
”Ever since they started recruiting me I was checking in with the website and getting excited about them,” Davis said. “They have a lot of academics as well in addition to sports. They have a lot of fields I may look into after my four years whether or not I go to the pros.”
His relationship with coach McDonald developed over only a few days, but was one that become strong almost instantly.
”It was a big factor,” Davis said. “It played a big role. It made me even more excited than I was. Knowing that he’s going to take me in. Just talking about the relationship he had with some of the other guys because he came from Miami. The bond we had right away was priceless.”
Despite not having visited the Syracuse campus yet, Davis’ conversations with coach McDonald made him feel comfortable with the program.
”Syracuse has kids that went to Miami Central,” Smith said. “Coach McDonald told him about how successful they were up there and that was important.”
Coach Smith has nothing but high praise for Davis, who he believes is only scratching the surface of his potential.
”He is a very long, athletic kid,” Smith said. “He’s real rangy. He has to put on weight up to 255 pounds. He can do that easily with his frame. He’s about 230 now. Has the potential to be a very good defensive end in the ACC.”
Now Davis is looking forward to his career at Syracuse and believes the combination of athletics and academics will give him a strong launching point for any career path he chooses.
”My expectations are real high. I want to go in and be on top of my game with my classwork. I want to come in and contribute right away. I know they were in the Big East and now are in the ACC. Now they’re playing tougher teams, so it could be a big pedestal for me.”
Davis is officially visiting Syracuse on December 5th, but that will not be the only college trip he takes. Visits to Cincinnati is in the works, as well as potential trips to Louisville and Arkansas. Cincinnati is the only one of those three that has offered to date. The good news for Orange fans is they will not have to hold on until signing day as he plans to enroll in January.