If you have never been to Los Angeles, it can seem like some distant enchanted place. Particularly on the other side of the country, the glitz and the glamour of the Hollywood lifestyle seen on television and the images of the sandy beach and constant sunshine seem like a foreign land.
“L.A. is just a dream for everybody,” Mobile (Ala.) St. Pauls Episcopal four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis said over the phone with a smirk in his voice.
Armour-Davis never has been out to Los Angeles, but is hoping to soon take an unofficial visit to USC where he will get an opportunity to see what the city and its most famous school can offer.
He’s a little unsure of what to expect and said he will rely on his comfortability to determine his future interest level.
“Honestly, I don’t really know since I’ve never been there in California at all. If it fits me, my personality…if I feel at home when I get there, then I will really start considering USC and see how I’m going to evaluate that school going down the road.”
The 6-foot, 165-pound 2018 prospect has been taking unofficial visits in the Southeast with recent stops at Florida State and Alabama. Armour-Davis said he is already comfortable at Alabama and didn’t really learn anything new on this visit because he’s been there before and knew what to expect. Instead of exploring the campus and trying to discover available amenities.
Instead, he spent his time using one part of the campus he knows he will frequent at any school he attends — the weight room. While most players would be trying to buddy up to the coaches or players as much as possible, Armour-Davis went and got a lift in.
He isn’t approaching the recruiting process in the same way many of his fellow highly regarded prospects. The focus isn’t on playing for a specific head coach.
“I want to be close with all coaches, not just the head coach, my position coach and the coach who is recruiting this area and being close to him, Coach Tee Martin [at USC].”
Rather than individual coaches, it’s about the entire community and environment.
“The way I choose my school is when I arrive on campus and I take my visits, I will know which school it is. It’ll just have that home feeling for whichever school that may be.
“I look for the academics, specifically mechanical engineering, which is the field I would like to be in. Location, maybe a city or something after college where I could spend my career whether the NFL doesn’t work out, getting a nice job and being able to find that career in that city.
“And just feeling like family. I want a place that I will be comfortable for four years every day of the year, not just during football season on Saturdays.”