UVA in Top 5 for Tri-Cities Star

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Tristan Davis does it all for Tri-Cities Head Coach Robert Dendy. He plays tailback, fullback, safety, kick-returner, punter, and handles kick-off duties as well.

While his kicking skills are above-average, don’t expect to see him line up as punter in college. The 5-11, 188 pound Davis has great speed and skill and projects as a defensive back on the next level.

“The majority of teams are recruiting him as a defensive back,” said Dendy. “Some say cornerback, some say safety. Some have even said they like him as an athlete. He’s 5-11, 188 pounds, runs a 4.4 in the 40, and has great knowledge of the game.”

Many schools have offered the talented and versatile blue-chip prospect, including most ACC schools, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi State.

Virginia was one of the first to offer, and the Cavaliers are one of his top five schools.

“Coach Groh came through during the Spring of last year, and he has maintained good contact,” said Dendy. “Virginia was on him early. They were one of Tristan’s first offers. Tristan’s still open, but he told me Wednesday (September 24th) that his top five schools are Virginia, Florida, Clemson, Maryland, and Tennessee.”

Davis has not scheduled any official visits to date, but has been to Florida and Georgia on unofficial visits. Georgia has not offered.

Several factors will go into his final decision, and it looks like location will not be one of them.

“It’s not an idea of where the school is, but how he fits into the program both athletically and academically,” said Dendy. “That will be what makes his decision. He’s a great student as well as a great player. He’s already qualified to go to school. He has passed the SAT, and now he just needs to continue doing what he’s done in the classroom.”

As a junior, Davis made over 70 tackles and recorded four interceptions. He has helped Tri-Cities to a 2-1-1 record this season, including a 41-6 route over Evans last Friday. He is the cousin of current Tennessee running back Jabari Davis.