Wayne Davis has been getting pulled out of class left and right this spring as coaches flock to Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va., to get an up close and personal look at one of the best defensive backs in the country.
Davis, a Scout four-star who boasts 19 offers, was one of the best performers at The Charlotte Opening and will have his pick of the litter when it comes time to decide on a college football program to join. Tennessee has been one of the schools closest to the class of 2016 prospect, and its early interest has worked favorably so far.
“Tennessee, I think that was like my fifth or sixth offer, so they’ve been around for a long time,” Davis said. “I know when I got the offer, it was nothing but love.”
Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni are both heavily recruiting Davis. He says the two coaches talk to him “almost every day” and have developed a relationship with the quiet talent who has become the No. 2 top cornerback in the state of Virginia.
“Coach Martinez and Coach (Azzanni), they’re coming at me very hard. They love me,” Davis said. “They would love to have me … It’s just catching up. They’re just seeing how I’ve been and just seeing how practice is going.”
The Scout 300 member plans on visiting Knoxville this summer and admits he isn’t very familiar with Tennessee. But the Vols are very familiar with him and his quick hips, breakneck speed and ability to blanket receivers.
“I’ve got very long arms. I can touch my knees, so I can play the ball well in the air," Davis said. "I come out of my breaks fast and I’m long. I’m at 186 now, so I think I’m at good high school weight, but if I have to I can gain weight in college, but I’ll come in at a good weight.”
Davis’ top five schools right now, in no particular order, are Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Ohio State and Michigan. He’s not looking for the school with the biggest fan base or the most palatial facilities, but rather a place where he fits in and feels at ease.
“I’m not really worried about fans, but comfortability," he said. "Wherever I’m comfortable with the coaches, the players, the people, and whichever one has a good education. There’s always life after football.”
The 5-11, 186-pound corner wants to make his commitment before his senior season starts, but if he isn’t able to make all of the visits he wants to, he’ll hold off until he gets to see all of his prospective schools. One of those visits will undoubtedly be to Knoxville.
“I’ve heard it’s a beautiful place,” Davis said. “I just want to see Rocky Top.”