Big Tight End Makes Call

California native Louis Davis wasn't affected by the weather on his trip to the West Virginia campus last week. In fact, the atmosphere around WVU's title-clinching win over Temple helped the talented tight end make up his mind to commit to the Mountaineers.

"The atmosphere and the people I met were the big reasons I committed," Davis told BlueGoldNews.com. "It was different being in cold weather, but it didn't bother me at all."

Davis was recruited by a number of schools coming out of high school at Dominguez, but went the junior college route when it became apparent that he would not meet NCAA qualifying standards. Davis noted that the Cerritos coach Frank Mazzotta kept contacting him, and as a result he ended up with the Falcons.

Despite that sidetrack, Davis was aware of West Virginia, and his interest intensifed when Herb Hand, who oversees California recruiting, began contacting him.

As his sophomore season progressed, Davis was still being contacted by Oregon, which was interested in him out of high school, and UNLV. However, when West Virginia became the first school to offer, Davis decided to accept.

As a tight end in a run based offense, Davis didn't catch many passes at Cerritos. In fact, he just caught four passes for sixteen yards in his career. It was his blocking ability, as well as his athleticism, which caught the eyes of the WVU coaching staff.

Davis is confident of his ability to catch passes, but says that his strength is "my ability to block". And at 6-6 and 260 pounds, he definitely has the frame for it. Even with that size, however, Davis wants to get stronger and bigger, which could be a scary proposition for opposing linebackers and defensive ends.

The big sophomore is still learning the tight end position, as this is only his second full year at the spot. At Dominguez, Davis played on the offensive and defensive lines, and only tried tight end after playing it in an all-star game. When he came to Cerritos, however, he settled in at tight end from day one.

Davis plans to major in a math-related field, and is on track to graduate after the spring semester. He hopes to be able to compete for playing time right off the bat, but isn't concerned about a possible redshirt.

"I can't really say if I will be able to play right away, but I would like for it to happen. But I don't have a problem being redshirted, if that's what happens."


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