Pierce WR Kenny Davis talks recruiting

Heading into the 2009 season, it appeared that L.A. Pierce WR Kenny Davis (6-3, 185) would be one of the top JUCO wideouts in southern California. However, a sprained AC joint in his shoulder put him on the shelf for the season, but that hasn't stopped schools from across the country from offering the talented wideout. JCFootball.com caught up with Davis recently and he gave us the full story...

Davis was a standout prep at Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa, Ca., but he tore his hamstring his senior season (2005) and he was unable to get much in the way of recruiting attention. Then, after recovering from the first injury, he tore his other hamstring and he thought his football career might be over.

"It was frustrating, but I don't give up on stuff too easily," Davis told JCFootball.com. "I worked hard to get healthy and get back in shape and then I started looking around for a program that I could play for and Pierce was just the best fit."

As a freshman in 2008, Davis showed why he's such a dangerous receiver, hauling in 24 receptions for 600 yards (a robust 25 yard average) and six touchdowns, using his long, angular frame and blazing speed to be a threat to take it the distance from almost anywhere on the field.

With that type of production, schools from across the country came calling with many extending offers, but a sprained AC joint in his shoulder caused him to decide to redshirt this fall so he will have three years of eligibility left.

"That was frustrating too, but it's fine," Davis said. "I've been focusing on getting my strength up and getting my classwork done. I'm also down at practice a lot, getting mental reps just to stay in the game you know.

"I have offers from Tennessee, Kansas State, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Iowa State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Florida International and Utah State and I have a bunch of other schools that seem like they could be close, but right now I'm only focusing on the ones that have offered me."

This past weekend, Davis, along with his teammate David Mahoney, headed to Knoxville to take in Tennessee's game against Ohio.

"That place was just all about football," Davis said. "It was intense at the game, but that place is really laid back. The coaches there are great and you know you are getting pro coaching from those guys.

"I really enjoyed it there, but I didn't really think about committing to them. I wanted to get home and talk to my family and I've set up a visit with Kansas State for October 16th so I'm going to go to that too."

Davis said since he isn't playing this fall, he plans to take all five of his visits unless the mood strikes him as the right time to commit to a school.

"I'm not saying for sure that I will wait until I take all of them, but that's what I'm planning on doing," Davis said. "If the time is right and I want to make my decision, I'll do it, but right now I'd like to compare schools and see what is out there and what each place has to offer."

Davis will sign his letter-of-intent in December and, as mentioned above, he'll have three years to play three wherever he ends up.

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