Final Call?

A Florida speedster visited West Virginia this weekend. Was his visit good enough to result in a commitment?

Due to moving from position to position, Eddie Davis didn't get a great number of recruiting attention during his senior year of football. However, after exploding onto the running back scene during his final three games, the Freedom High School product saw more attention come his way. He rushed for 241, 121 and a school-record 275 yards in his only three starts at running back, and the 121 came against powerful Hillborough High, which was the only 100+ yard rushing performance they yielded this year.

"I started out the season at corner," said the well-spoken Davis. "I wasn't getting a lot of action, because they didn't throw the ball to my side. I was just getting a couple of carries per game at running back, but then I got to start the final three games. The first one was against my cousin's (Marcus Broxie) team. He didn't get a tackle on me."

Following an offer and a commitment to South Florida, Davis appeared to be set on his college path. However, when he expressed interest in making other visits, the Bulls, according to Davis, balked.

"They told me they would take the scholarship away if I visited [another school]," Davis said following his visit to WVU.

When that happened, Davis became a bit disenchanted with USF and began considering his options. Visits to a couple of schools were considered before he settled on a trip to West Virginia.

"I didn't know what to expect, but the visit was great, and the people were really good," said Davis. "I think I could have some fun there. The facilities were great, and the weight room was excellent. Coach Barwis knows what he is talking about in there, and I think everything is there to help me get to the next level. That's my goal."

Both USF and West Virginia are looking at Davis as a running back, but he said he would not be averse to another position move, even though that was what, in his opinion, caused the low level of recruiting interest in him as a senior. He played a number of different spots throughout his career, and didn't get a chance to play running back on anything other than a sporadic basis until those final three games.

"Before my senior year I was moved around to different positions," he said. "This was the first chance I really got to play running back. Everyone always told me I was too little (at 6-0, 175 pounds) but I think I showed them what I can do."

With an excellent visit behind him, Davis said he is "very close" to committing to West Virginia. That could come as early as tomorrow as the final pieces of the Mountaineer recruiting class fall into place.

NOTES

Davis and Broxie are first cousins, and spend a lot of time together.

"We are very close, and we know everything about each other," Davis said. "We talk all the time, even about playing against each other in high school. Going with my cousin to college will be great."


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