Early on in his high school career, Dan Davis was 280 pounds and seemingly destined for play along the offensive line. With the right training, Davis began to lose weight and trimmed down to his current 6-3, 247 pound playing weight.
A defensive tackle as a junior, he will now be a defensive end his senior year for Plainfield High School in Plainfield, NJ. Davis is being recruited heavily by many major Division I programs.
“I’ve received offers from Nebraska and Rutgers,” said Davis. “I think Virginia is close to offering. I spoke with Coach Golden a lot during the May period and I will visit UVA’s camp from June 22-25th. I think Georgia and Maryland are really close to offering as well. I’ve gotten calls from Florida State, Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Syracuse. Virginia Tech came by my school.”
When Davis lost his 30 plus pounds of weight over the past few years, he gained the speed that has made him a terror on the defensive line. During the Tri-State college combine at Giants Stadium, he was clocked at 4.69 in the 40 yard dash and 4.4 in the shuttle.
Davis believes his speed and smarts separate him from other defensive end prospects and have helped him succeed at defensive tackle as well.
“I would say my strength is my speed and knowledge of the game,” said Davis. “For example, I used to have all kinds of trouble with the Wing T offense. I would always tackle the quarterback and he would have already gotten rid of the ball. So finally I just decided that, since I’m faster than the offensive lineman, I would get into the backfield and knock down both the quarterback and running back.
“Basically, I just use common sense out there. I’m also a very coachable player. I can take criticism and advice and make myself a better player.”
UVA and Rutgers are looking at Davis as a linebacker/defensive end, while other schools like him at defensive end. One team even mentioned the possibility of playing tight end, which he plays in high school. He does not think that idea will come to fruition, however.
“I’m a defensive player,” said Davis of the possibility of playing tight end. “That’s all I have to say.”
Of the schools recruiting him, Davis has about five or six favorites at this point in the recruiting process. In addition to camping at Virginia, he will also camp at Rutgers, which is very close to his home. The Cavaliers and Scarlet Knights are both among his favorites.
“My favorites are Virginia,...
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