A New Target: Herman Davidson

The 6-3, 215-pound safety prospect from Long Beach Poly, Herman Davidson, has emerged as a big-time prospect in his senior season, with offers from the Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac-10. Find out how UCLA is starting to get involved...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Herman Davidson didn't have any scholarship offers until mid-October, but a huge senior season has made him one of the most hotly pursued players on the West Coast.

Miami, Michigan and North Carolina all offered him before he received his first Pac-10 offer, which eventually came from Arizona State. Then last Thursday, Cal invited him up for an official visit and offered him on the trip.

Now a local school is getting involved.

"I've been talking to UCLA for the past couple of days," said Davidson. "They're the same as Cal, they want me to trip first before they offer. I will probably be visiting them more than likely on February 1st."

The rise of Davidson began in September when he had a stellar showing at the Kirk Herbstreit Classic game in Cincinnati.

Scout.com East Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels said: "Davidson was an absolute monster, and was drawing ‘oohs' and ‘ahhs' from the crowd as he completely obliterated ball carriers, and struck fear in to receivers who attempted to catch the ball over the middle. On one play he smacked one Glenville receiver so hard in the endzone that it appeared he was knocked out cold before he even hit the ground. His presence may have saved the game for Poly as Glenville receiver Cordale Scott dropped a pass on similar pattern that could have potentially tied the game."

But it still took six weeks for Davidson to get his first offer, which finally came from San Diego State. After spending his junior season in a reserve role, Davidson needed a strong senior year to open the eyes of colleges. And he did, anchoring a stout Poly defense and forming arguably the top safety tandem in the West with Vaughn Telemaque. And Davidson's 6-3, 216-pound frame, he showed he had the size to play at the D-I level. In fact, it could eventually see him playing linebacker in college.

"UCLA is actually trying to get me as a weakside linebacker. They said that they're open for getting me at whatever spot I can shine the most," said Davidson. "Coach (DeWayne) Walker is the one who's been recruiting me."

This weekend, Davidson will take his fourth official visit when he goes to Florida to visit Miami. He's previously visited North Carolina and Michigan along with Cal, so he'll have one spot left before Signing Day, which he hopes will be to Westwood.

"I just had a home visit with Miami (on Tuesday) and I had North Carolina on Monday. Wednesday I have Cal, so my family has enjoyed that part," said Davidson.

Davidson has some time to decide, as he won't be making his decision public until Signing Day. "I'm going to announce on FSN on Signing Day," said Davidson.

Davidson finished the season with 71 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In fact, Davidson saved the Poly season with a fumble recovery at the goalline in the final seconds of their 2-0 win over Orange Lutheran in the semifinals.

Academically, Davidson said he had a 3.1 GPA and achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

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