Davis packs a big punch in a small package

The trend in football has been toward big wideouts who can break tackles and out-leap defenders for the ball. Even though College of the Siskiyous WR Darius Davis (5-11, 195) doesn't fit into that mold, don't let his size fool you -- he packs a punch and he can make plays from all over the field. JCFootball.com caught up with Davis recently and he updated us on some early recruiting news...

"I've been getting a lot of attention so far," Darius told JCFootball.com recently. "Schools like South Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, Miami, Washington, Illinois and South Carolina have been sending stuff and calling.

"Akron has offered me already and I have some more offers, but I'm not sure which ones I have right off the top of my head.

"Illinois is a school I'm going to look at really hard. They have Arrelious Benn there and that means that the defense wouldn't be able to cheat to one side or the other. I like it balanced so I can have a chance to get open and make some plays."

Davis certainly made plays in 2007.

Playing both in the slot and out wide, Davis had 61 receptions for 928 yards and eight touchdowns while also averaging 24.4 yards per kickoff return.

"Because of my size, a lot of teams think I'm only going to play out of the slot, but that isn't only what I do," Davis said. "I'm going to hit you from all over because I have good speed (a 4.4 forty) and quickness to get off the jam and then I can just run by guys.

"I want to be a more vocal leader this year. Last year I was all about letting my play do my talking, but I'm feeling more comfortable and I'm leading the offseason workouts with our team and I'm working with everyone to get all of us better."

Davis prepped at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida and he signed with West Virginia. However, things fell through with the Mountaineers when the coach recruiting left the program for a different job.

"Me and another guy sorta got caught in a bad situation because the coach we were being recruited by left," Davis said. "We wanted to follow him, but we couldn't get out of the papers we signed so I just sat out and decided to get out here and start fresh.

"Coming out to the west coast was kinda weird at first, but I really like it out here. I'm having fun and it's a lot better than I thought it was going to be."

Davis has excellent grades and, because he was a full-qualifier, he can leave at any time. However, he plans to play this fall for Siskiyous and sign with a school in December.

Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

We'll continue to follow Davis' progress over the coming weeks and months and update things as they change.

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