Dan Davis saved his best play for the final four games of the regular season, giving him and the rest of the Plainfield (NJ) squad momentum heading into the first round of the North 2, Group IV playoffs this Saturday.
“The past four games have probably been my best of the year,” said Davis, who’s team is 4-0 over that time spann. Plainfield is 6-2 on the year. “I’ve had about nine sacks and 45 tackles in the last four games.”
The 6-3, 240 pounds Davis has played both defensive end and defensive tackle throughout the year, utilizing his strength and versatility. Very strong, he can squat 595 pounds, bench 330 pounds, and clean 225 pounds.
On offense, Davis has the athleticism to play tailback – a position he has played several times this season.
“I play defensive end, but I had to move inside to tackle for a couple of games,” said Davis. “It wasn’t a problem. On offense, I play tight end, tailback, and fullback.”
Schools are recruiting Davis primarily as a linebacker because of his size, though he could easily play some defensive end if needed because of his strength. Davis weighed 247 pounds at the beginning of the year, but has lost seven pounds throughout the year and feels quicker because of it.
“I think I’m definitely going to play linebacker in college,” said Davis, who has been electronically timed at a 4.69 in the 40. “I have linebacker size. And I feel faster now than I ever have. After the Nike Camp [in Blacksburg] this year, I was able to adjust the way I run to become faster. Since I got down to 240 pounds, I feel even faster.”
Recruiting-wise, Davis still feels Virginia is his leader. He has set up two official visits thus far, to Nebraska and Connecticut. He visits Nebraska on December 12th and has scheduled Connecticut for December 5th…though he may have to cancel this date.
He will definitely visit Virginia, and Maryland, Georgia, and Syracuse are vying for the final spots. Miami (FL) has requested senior film recently as well.
“Virginia is still my favorite,” said Davis. “I just feel comfortable there, I like the team and I like the campus. I like Coach Golden – he’s a funny guy. He challenged me, Eugene Monroe, Dwayne Jarrett, and Marquise Liverpool to a football scrimmage after the FSU game. (Davis went there for an unofficial visit)
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