Davis ahead of the game

There's a lot of high school athletes in Texas who have the raw talent to succeed and Roderick Davis is one of them. But that's not enough for this A&M commit. Aggie Websider talked to Davis about the extra mile that he goes to get any edge he can find against his competition.

Before the ink dried on the Class of 2007 letters of intent in early February of this year, Texas A&M had already secured verbal pledges from a handful of blue chip Texas junior prospects. One of those recruits who gave the Aggies an early nod was Aldine Eisenhower's (TX) Roderick Davis.

The 6-foot-3, 307-pound interior defensive lineman is considered by many to be the plum of A&M's early commitments, and he'll be called upon early in his career with the graduation after next season of senior interior linemen Red Bryant and Henry Smith. Davis appears up to the task.

"For my size, I've got very quick hands and quick feet," Davis. "But the main thing is my mental preparation. I'm a student of the game. I study a lot of tape. I was breaking down some video when you called. I feel I'm better prepared and more knowledgeable than my opponent. It really becomes common sense and some guys don't have that when it comes to football."

When asked about his film study this summer, Davis made it very clear what he's working on this offseason.

"My pass rush. I have the moves, but I need to learn to finish off the play and get the sack," Davis said. "I had only three sacks last year, and I'm looking to get at least 12 this season. I'm already a good run stopper. I'm getting prepared for a big senior season."

Another development this offseason is the Houston native's recent growth spurt.

"I played at 6-foot-2 last year and I'm already at 6-foot-3, 307-pounds now," Davis said. "The doctor says I'll be around 6-foot-4 when I'm done."

Besides getting ready for his senior season, Davis is also taking time to make a couple of visits with his teammates and coach. He camped at LSU earlier this summer where he registered a 4.94 forty time, and he recently returned from a visit to the University of Minnesota.

"I've never been outside of Houston until this spring, so when I have the opportunity to travel, I want to go see new things," Davis said. "But it doesn't mean anything, I'm 100% committed to Texas A&M."

The Aldine Eisenhower product elaborated on his commitment to the Aggies.

"A&M was a home away from home. I felt comfortable there and it's close to home," Davis said. "I'm a momma's boy and I don't want to get homesick."

But there are other reasons that attracted the blue chip defensive lineman to Texas A&M.

"The players and coaches are on my same wavelength, plus the facilities were over and above anything I've seen," Davis said. "After I got the offer I went home and researched A&M, and found out that the Aggie Network takes care of its own. Football may not work out, so I have a family to fall back on. Plus, the fans are over the top. That stadium rocks and sways and I feed off the crowd."

Davis plans to visit Aggieland one more time this summer on July 13, bringing family down to see the campus. He also hopes to see his team in the 7-on-7 state tournament in College Station that weekend. Davis has one other trip planed this summer. He'll be traveling with his coach and fellow teammate and A&M commit Craig Loston to see the University of Florida on July 19.

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