Record-setter has WSU in-home, visit date

SOME OF THE more captivating recruiting stories aren't about 4- and 5-star prospects, but rather potential high-ceiling recruits like the subject of this article. He's under the radar and yet destroyed the competition to the tune of 2,000-plus rushing yards this past season. WSU thinks enough of him that a pair of Cougar assistants spent 2 ½ hours in his living room on a recent in-home visit.

The reason you haven't heard much if anything this recruiting cycle about Marcus Davis (5-10, 180, 4.39) is because he's from Mt. Douglas High in Victoria, BC. And Pac-12 and FBS programs are leery of Canadian prospects because of the competition level. And neither Washington State nor anyone else has offered him a scholie yet.

But a running back who racks up 2,034 hashes on just 131 carries (15.15 ypc) with 29 TDs -- and never fumbled once this season -- is worth a long look. Add in the fact he had another 32 receptions for 861 yards with 12 more TDs, and it becomes easier to see why WSU assistants Jim Mastro and Eric Russell made the trek north to sit down with Davis and his family for 2 ½ hours.

"They said they like what I can bring to the field, my speed I think was the my main factor… Me and my parents just thought it was a great (in-home visit) and we really appreciate them taking the time to come up and express their interest in me," said Davis.

Davis said Washington State began recruiting him a little more than a month ago, shortly after they saw his highlight tape. Davis said he's connected strongly in that short time period with both Russell and Mastro, mentioning he liked how they were down-to-earth and good coaches.

For highlight reels of Davis, CLICK HERE.

DAVIS WILL TRIP TO WSU the weekend of Jan. 17. He said Washington State is recruiting him at running back but clearly there additional ways he could contribute. His tape shows a potentially versatile cog, one who can also return punts and kicks. He returned three punt returns plus a kickoff for touchdowns this season.

"I'd love (to go to WSU), it's a great location, a great college town and I think id fit in nicely there," said Davis. (Mastro) says he liked how I was really good in space and that I could work well with the type of offense they run at Washington State."

The BC Province calls Davis "one of the most special players in the history of B.C. high school football." Davis was named British Columbia's AAA Player of the Year -- for the second straight year -- in late November.

COUGFAN RECRUITNICKS will also remember his brother. Terrell Davis, who was at one time verbally committed to WSU, ultimately signed with ASU as part of their 2012 class during WSU's coaching staff transition. The elder Davis, a 6-0, 240 pound redshirt freshman running back for the Sun Devils, did not record any statistics this season according to the ASU site and was listed as the third-string RB in the most recent release, (ASU also lists a three-deep TB position.)

In addition to Washington State, Marcus said those showing him the most recruiting interest include ASU as well as Ohio, Montana and Eastern.

  • Davis and Mt. Douglas took the Subway Bowl B.C. AAA championship title over Port Coquitlam last month. Davis rushed 27 times for 161 yards against one the better prep defenses in the province, and Davis and crew became the first program to three-peat as AAA B.C. football champs since 1996-98, (Richmond Colts).

  • Davis defensively this season posted 48 tackles as a defensive back, with six interceptions including one he took back to the house.

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