Florida burner intrigued by Leach's Air Raid

COMING OUT OF Saint Petersburg, Fla., wide receiver Ryan Davis is one highly touted recruit. He holds more than 20 offers from schools all over the country. One of those schools is Washington State and he tells Cougfan.com he’s got some strong interest in the Cougs and Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense.

Checking in at 5-11, 170 pounds, Davis is a versatile prospect. For Lakeside High, he threw for 2,158 yards in 2013, but the majority of schools recruiting him like him at WR, where he’s rated three stars and the 50th best prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

WSU envisions him being a deep threat in the Air Raid offense.

“I got my offer from them back in the spring,” he said. “They started recruiting me my sophomore year, but the coaches seemed hesitant to offer because I was all the way down in Florida. They thought I wouldn’t really be interested in them.

“I expressed my interest in their program, though, and they’ve been on me for a while now. Coach (Paul) Volero is my area recruiter and we’ve got a strong relationship. He’s got Keith Harrington up there and Keith and I are good friends.”

BOTH VOLERO AND HARRINGTON have been recruiting Davis.

“Coach Volero told me how it’s a great place and how he thinks I could really fit into the system,” Davis said. “It’s obviously a lot different from Florida, but he thinks I could get used to it and learn to love the city.

“I spoke with Keith about the school and he told me he fell in love with it on his official visit last year. Keith says it’s the place to be. He wants me to go up there to take a visit and see everything for myself. I’m thinking about doing that. Hopefully I can make it out there.”

Davis added that he doesn’t have any official visits scheduled at this time, but he will speak with some coaches later this summer and begin to set those up. Schools showing the most interest right now, Davis said, are WSU, Florida State, Miami, Texas Tech, Missouri, Arizona and Kentucky (all have offered).

AS FOR THE Air Raid, it’s another reason why Davis is considering using one of his official visits to the Palouse.

“Every wide receiver wants the ball,” Davis said. “They throw the ball a ton over there. Their style of play and offense is big for me. We’ve talked about me lining up either in the slot or the outside. It doesn’t matter to me, but I think they’d probably put me outside.”

Davis also had the opportunity to speak with head man Mike Leach this spring.

“Coach Leach told me I could come in and play right away,” Davis said. “WSU doesn’t get a ton of Florida talent out there. With my speed, I could go in there and be a different kind of breed. He thinks I could do really well for him.”

Davis added that he is hoping to make his final college decision midway through his senior season.

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