Quince Orchard DB Elliott Davis commits to N.C. State

January 17, 2014

 


Quince Orchard’s Elliott Davis, seen here making a catch against Gaithersburg in October, committed to North Carolina State Thursday. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Quince Orchard’s Elliott Davis didn’t just have to make a decision on where he’d play football next fall, but also what position he’d play.

He could go to Rutgers, which wanted him as an athlete, and wait to fall into a position on offense or defense. He could go to Old Dominion and play wide receiver in an offense that had a penchant to throw over 40 times a game in 2013. Or he could go to a school and exclusively play defensive back, which is what Davis – and North Carolina State – both really wanted. The versatile Davis committed to the Wolfpack Thursday evening, closing a recruiting process that heated up just last summer.

“There were a lot of factors,” Davis said. “Just playing in a great conference with great competition, I’ll get snaps week in and week out against teams like Clemson and Florida State.”

Davis had numerous options, including offers from Maryland, Wake Forest and Clemson, but his closeness to the North Carolina State staff over the last few months was hard to ignore. He said the team’s head coach, Dave Doeren, stayed in contact nearly every day.

“That really meant a lot,” Davis said.

Davis was a standout at both wide receiver and cornerback for the Cougars last season. Seven of his 16 catches went for touchdowns, and he was a key playmaker on a defense that allowed just 6.7 points per game and posted five shutouts. Concentrating solely on defense was attractive to Davis in picking a school, but the decision was nonetheless difficult. Rutgers was always high on his list, he said, and it was hard to turn down a chance to play receiver at Old Dominion, which runs a high-paced spread offense. But the opportunity in Raleigh seemed natural, and he’s ready to hone in his focus on his natural position.

“I really feel like I can excel at the position when I focus on it exclusively…and not expending energy on offense. I’m very excited about,” Davis said. “N.C. State, I got the best feeling about it.”

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Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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