Marcus Davis: Junior to watch

The Rising Stars Camp held at USC this past weekend featured many of the prospects in the nation, including some very impressive underclassmen. One of, if not the top underclassmen in attendance, was League City (TX) Clear Creek HS defensive back Marcus Davis.

Davis was one of numerous prospects in attendance who made the trip from the Lone Star State, and although the talented cornerback is just heading into his junior year, he is already receiving interest from some of the top schools across the country.

Davis took aside some time to speak with about his camp experience and his trip to the west coast.

"I think I did quite well," said Davis. "For this being my first camp, I feel I made some big plays against some top competition."

The Rising Stars Camp gave Davis his first opportunity to check out one of his top schools, and he did not leave disappointed.

"I really liked the (USC) coaches," he said. "I really just liked their overall attitude and the way they treat you. I wouldn't say any of the (USC) coaches stood out more then any others, I really liked them all."

Not only did Davis get to tour the Southern California campus, but he was able to see the bright lights of the Coliseum for the first time, other then what he had seen on the television.

"It was a really good experience," he said. "It was bigger then I thought it would be, I liked it a lot."

Although Davis is only heading into his junior year, he has set aside some schools that he would like to hear from. Following his camp experience, it seems as if there has been some movement at the top, including the Trojans.

"USC has always been high on my list," said Davis. "But after the camp, they (USC) moved up a few spots on that list. I liked the campus, the team, the coaches and the weather. I didn't see anything I disliked."

One thing is clear after speaking with Davis, his first impression was a good one. But how far have the Trojans moved up on this top juniors list?

"I'm pretty open at this point," he said. "But my top two schools right now are USC and LSU. I've been to USC and seen the campus, but I haven't really had the chance to check out LSU, so it'd be hard for me to compare them and have a favorite."

Trying to convince Texas players to leave the state is no easy task, but Davis insists that distance will be the last of his worries when it comes to playing college football.

"I'll play anywhere," said Davis. "I just want to go somewhere I can play ball. I love playing football, so distance won't be a factor. I definitely want to go to a big D1 school though if I had a preference."

The trip to Los Angeles may not have been perfect for the talented underclassmen, but he will get another chance to check out the Southern California campus next summer during the Rising Stars Camp, which he will attend for the second year in a row.

"Most definitely," answered Davis when asked if he would return for next year's Rising Stars Camp. "I would say that my trip out to USC was a 7 on a scale of 1-10. The only thing that could have made it better would be more interaction with the current players at USC. I would have liked to hang out with some of the players there (USC), to see if I could fit in."

Davis' name will be one to remember for recruitniks across the country, and the talented defender feels that it is his play on the field that will ensure him recruiting attention nationwide.

"I'm a very physical corner," said Davis. "I have the speed to go along with it, and I feel like I'm a big playmaker. I'm going to try and improve on a few things going into next year, like my breaks to the ball and my coverage overall."

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