Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha four-star offensive lineman Terrance Davis has an announcement date in mind, and now comes the hard part.
Sorting through the offers, which are still coming in, making visits and trimming his list.
“I want to commit in December on my nephew’s birthday. It’s Dec. 22. That’s what I am aiming to do,” the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Davis said. “I want big-time football, definitely high academics, and a place where I get a degree that means something after football.
“I want a place I feel at home and I can see myself playing there, a place I’m comfortable and just a family atmosphere and a place the coaches make me feel at home so I won’t be homesick. Those are the biggest things …and the connections for after football.”
Davis is not listing any leaders, but he has a number of schools he plans on visiting in the coming months.
“I’m going to Ohio State for spring break,” he said. “I’m going to Alabama’s spring game. I’m going to try and get to Arkansas also.“
He added trips to UCLA, Maryland and Penn State, where he visited in late January, are other visits he wants to take.
For now, though, he is trying to balance the recruiting aspect. The offer from Arkansas came from offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
“Coach Pitt, he’s funny,” Davis said. “I talked to him (Tuesday) night and we had a real good conversation. He’s a real good coach. He gave me his background and talked about how he transformed that offensive line and turned them around the last few years.”
UCLA, which offered last week, is intriguing to Davis but he does not know much about the Bruins.
“I know they’re top 25 in the country, which is real good,” he said. “I know their basketball team and football team are very good. It was nice to receive that offer. I am going to try and get to UCLA this summer when I get some time because I really want to get out there.”
Closer to home, Davis is already familiar with Penn State and Maryland.
In fact, even though the trip to Penn State was more than a month ago, Davis still gets excited talking about it.
“Everybody showed love as soon as I got there,” he said. “It was non-stop. It’s a family atmosphere. I met coach (James) Franklin’s daughters and I got to sit down and talk to him. The education is great. Coach Franklin is really turning the program around with the recruiting class (in 2015), and in my class they are really starting out strong and they are definitely on the rise.”
The home pull of Maryland is also something Davis is looking at.
“All my friends that go to DeMatha and around the state are being recruited there,” he said. “There is a real movement and Maryland is getting guys from in the state and I’m really considering Maryland.”