Davis switches to WFU

Wake Forest convinced Deonte' Davis, who had been committed to Trent Miles at Georgia State, to visit campus over the weekend. During a Sunday breakfast with head coach Jim Grobe, Davis made his pledge to be a Demon Deacon. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back from South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Ga. spoke to DeaconSports.com about why he chose to make the switch.

"What stood out to me the most was the player-coach relationship," said Deonte' Davis. "The players notice the coaches walking from far away and shout out to them and the coaches will shout right back. I haven't seen that anywhere else. The coaches show the players a lot of love. When I was talking to some of the other players, they didn't have anything negative to say about them, just that they loved playing for them. When I told Coach Grobe my decision, he was extremely excited."

Davis was a two year starter for the South Gwinnett Comets. He played a little at both cornerback and safety and isn't sure yet which he'll play in Tim Duffie's secondary unit.

"It was actually Coach Knorr who offered me," Davis said. "He told me they liked me as a defensive athlete and didn't specify cornerback or safety. He said they liked my physicality, my versatility to be quick enough to pick up a slot receiver or blitz off the edge, and my toughness.

"I like Coach Duffie very much. He's a great coach who'll definitely help me improve. I think we're going to learn a lot from one another in the next four years."

During the recruiting process, Davis picked up offers from Air Force, Colorado State, Georgia State, Navy, and Troy as well as several FCS schools. He committed to Georgia State just a week ago, but it was the official visit to Wake Forest that changed his mind.

"I went down on Friday just to look at the school and see what it has to offer," he explained. "I really enjoyed it there. My high points were looking around downtown and going to the stadium. I had a good time with my host for the weekend, Ryan Janvion. He's a cool guy who plays very similar to myself, hard-nosed, all-out. I played with Jonathan Williams in middle school. It was nice to see the team camaraderie and chemistry they have as a group."

At South Gwinnett, Davis played against some of the top competition in the nation in Georgia Class AAAAAA Region 8 which includes area powerhouse Grayson. The Comets went 9-3 on the season bowing out in the second round to Norcross. They beat Milton in the first round featuring Josh Harris and Cory Helms, both committed to Wake Forest.

Davis said as many as 12 Comets will be signing their letter of intent on Wednesday. They'll begin at 2:30 P.M. ET in the school's theater.

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