Isaiah Davis and a few of his St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes teammates have been on the road for a couple weeks now, riding north and south and east and west — as much as 10 hours at a time at points — to get to prospect camps at a variety of Big 10, SEC, and ACC schools. This week, they’re rolling to Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. He’s been to Virginia Tech, Tennessee and N.C. State. Boston College and Maryland, too.
But the long hours and long miles are paying off for the 6-2, 225-pound junior linebacker: he’s impressed coaches at nearly ever stop of the tour, and earned offers from Boston College, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and N.C. State.
“I didn’t really expect to be getting all these offers,” Davis said. “My coach just told me stay focused and stay humble, so that’s what I tried to do.”
Davis says he thinks what may be standing out to coaches is his footwork, which he honed doing drills and work as a defensive back. That allows him to drop back well in coverage and react well to the ball, as well as perform well in the drills he’s run through at all the camps. He’s running a 4.6 40 and a 4.3 shuttle, both solid numbers for outside linebackers, but says his agility is what he thinks is separating him at camps.
Whatever has stood out to coaches, it’s working for Davis, who suddenly finds himself with several options heading into more camps and his senior season.
“I can’t really choose a number one school, it’s still so early in the summer,” he said. “I like all the schools and coaches I’ve talked to.”
Talking to coaches, he says, has been a “pretty cool” part of the process. That moment usually comes after he finishes one-on-ones, a showcase drill where he’ll cover an offensive player who’s also trying to show off his skills for the coaches. If it goes well, someone from the school’s coaching staff will approach his coach and tell him a coach wants to talk to him. Because several other players are in the same situation, Davis says sometimes he’ll have to wait awhile to be called in for the conversation — a wait that’s generally worth it given the offer waiting at the other end.
“They’ll sit me down and talk to me, but it takes about an hour because they’re having other meetings with people,” Davis said. “So it’s definitely a wait, but when you get to talk to the head coaches of some of the teams, it’s pretty cool.”
In addition to bolstering his recruiting this summer, Davis hopes to ready himself for the Saints’ upcoming football season, one he hopes will see improvement over the 0-9 record St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes posted last season.
“We only lost two seniors, so we have a lot of guys coming back,” Davis said. “We have a lot of work to get done with a lot of new guys coming in. But if we do that work, we should do well this year.”
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