Junior to Watch: WR Fred Davis

USC struck gold last year going out of state for a big and physical receiver like Mike Williams out of Florida. This year the State of Ohio has a similar athlete at wideout who has interest in USC. He is Fred Davis out of Rogers High School in Toledo. WeAreSC.com spoke with Davis recently and he had the following update for us…

Fred Davis is a special athlete who can do just about anything he pleases on the football field. He is 6'4", 215 pounds, and growing. Combine that with 4.4 forty speed and a 35" vertical leap, and one can surmise why Davis is currently ranked the #3 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN. Davis has strength to go with his speed putting up 13 reps of 185 pounds at the recent Michigan Nike Camp. He also had a 4.17 shuttle time at the camp and can bench 245 pounds. With his size, speed, and strength, he was voted the top wideout at the Michigan Camp. Davis was also voted the wide receiver MVP at last January's Army All-Star Game Combine in San Antonio. Fred has been invited to participate as a player in this coming January's Army game where he likely will announce his college decision.

All the big-time college programs have been in contact with Fred at one time or another, as he currently boasts over 30 offers. His short list of favorites includes USC, Ohio State, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida. All of his favorites have offered. Even though he has never been out to California, Davis will definitely use one of his five official visits to USC. He watched several SC games last season and paid particular attention to Mike Williams and his huge freshman season. He likes what he sees of Coach Chow's offense, and is also very aware of incoming SC freshman quarterback John David Booty. Davis has a GPA of 2.7 and an ACT score of 17. He will take the ACT again next fall. He would like to major in architecture at the school of his choice. Additionally, there is a very good chance he will enroll next January at his college choice, as getting a leg up in spring ball is important to Davis.

Last year, Fred was All-City, All-District, and All-Ohio in football and track. He placed in the Top 6 in 3 events at the recent State of Ohio Track and Field Championships. Davis was 5th in the 110-meter hurdles, 6th in the 300-meter hurdles, and 5th on the 4 x 400 relay team. He has run a 10.7 100 meters in the past, but his coaches wanted him to focus on longer distances. Davis's brother played hoops at Indiana University, and Fred himself averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game playing power forward last winter, but his passion is football. At wide receiver last fall, Fred had 60 receptions for 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. At running back he had 1,100 yards and 26 touchdowns. Finally, at safety he had 100 tackles with 5 interceptions and 5 sacks for the season. He compares his playing style at wideout to Terrell Owens of the 49ers. He is being recruited by USC at wide receiver, but admits to wanting a chance on defense. He really likes to hit at either safety or cornerback. Davis is a tenacious worker, as he was on his way out the door to work on his route running with one of his high school coaches at the end of our interview. Fred Davis is a national recruit to watch for the Class of 2004.

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