Davis Excited for UW Visit

Finishing his junior season with 38 tackles and seven sacks, Carl Davis was a big reason Stevenson (MI) High won 10 games last season. Now, the three-star recruit is down to three schools and is excited for his official visit to Wisconsin this Saturday.

MADISON - In the past few recruiting cycles, the Badgers have failed to land a true defensive tackle. They have signed players which need to add weight in order to move inside and are not very experienced with defensive tackle.

In the 2010 recruiting class, the Badgers are after a number of true defensive tackles including Bruce Gaston (IL), Beau Allen (MN), Johnathan Hankins (MI), and Carl Davis (MI).

While the Badgers have yet to receive a verbal commitment, all of the prospects are still interested in the Badgers including the 6-foot 5, 300-pound Carl Davis from Sterling Heights.

Being 300 pounds and posting a 4.97 40-yard dash time, Davis is a defensive tackle that can do it all. "I am very hands on and physical," Davis told Badger Nation. "I like the bull-rush, to push, and pull. A lot of times I play smart too. I have different aspects to my game. I am very good at reading screens. I have a lot of moves. I have quick feet and I can move left and right real well."

While Davis has the versatility to play both offensive and defensive tackle for Adlai Stevenson High School, he is being recruited as a defensive tackle by all the schools interested.

Davis has started to narrow his search for his college choice as the season is just beginning. "It all comes down to who is recruiting me hard, and basically Wisconsin, they are recruiting me really hard," Davis explained. "I get letters from them every day. I talk to Coach Alexander all the time. I mean, they are putting a lot of time into me. That is what I am looking for as a prospect as far as being recruited. Iowa, they are recruiting me hard, and Kansas, they are recruiting me hard."

So what stands out about each of the three schools recruiting him the hardest?

Wisconsin: "I know I am going to take my official visit to Wisconsin, September 5. I haven't (been to Wisconsin before). I grew up in Michigan, so I watched the Big Ten all the time. I grew up watching players like P.J. Hill, Matt Shaughnessy and guys like that."

Iowa: "Coach Ferentz is a great guy. I liked the fans down there, everyone is cool. I was down there two weeks ago and checked everything out down there."

Kansas: "Coach Sims is recruiting me very hard. I have talked to the whole staff down there. For some reason, I watched Kansas when I was younger and I always liked them for some reason."

While Davis has visited Iowa, he has yet to visit both Wisconsin and Kansas.

Although he has started to narrow his list down, his recruitment could still have new schools added to that list at any time. "It might come down to those three, but if a new school might step up and recruit me hard, I might take a look at them," Davis said.

Davis has had a lot of contact with the Badger coaching staff and is looking forward to his visit this weekend. "I talked to Coach Alexander, that is my recruiting coach, and talked to Coach Partridge," Davis said. "He (Alexander) is doing a good job. He makes sure he sends me emails and lots of letters. He makes sure he stays on top of me and stays in contact with me."

While the Badger's season starts this weekend, the season for Davis is also beginning. "We had a great season last year," Davis said. "We went from 2-7 the previous year to 10-2 last year. Right now we are busting it hard in practice. We should have gone to state last year, but we lost on a 49-yard field goal in the third round of the playoffs."

Davis is excited for the season to start and for his team to make a championship run. "We are going to be a very good team this year," Davis explained. "We got picked to win state by the newspapers. It all depends on who steps up and the leadership. It comes down to who really wants it the most."

While his team has lofty expectations, Davis has personal goals as well. "I just want to be the best player I can be for my team," Davis explained. "I want to be able to produce enough to win, enough to win a championship this year."

While he is on the verge of his first official visit and first trip to Wisconsin, Davis also has a time period when he wants to make a decision. "During the season. It comes down to where I feel comfortable at and where I can see myself," Davis said.

Look to BadgerNation for continued updates on Davis and many more prospects for the Badgers.

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