Thierrien “Bud” Davis, who is one of the top sleepers of the 2004 class, made his first official visit this past weekend as he traveled to Duke. The players, the campus, and the academics were the highlights of the weekend.
“Duke was a nice visit,” Davis said. “They had a great campus, and of course they have great academics. I liked the coaching staff. The best part was talking to the players. I got a good feel for the players there and what they are like.”
Though Davis was impressed with the Duke program, it does not appear they are in serious contention right now.
“I liked Duke, but I don’t like that their coaching staff is so new,” Davis said. “They are probably in the middle right now.”
The team in the lead at this point is Virginia, who he is scheduled to visit on January 23rd-25th. Davis, who holds written scholarship offers from Virginia, Duke, and Marshall, likes UVA’s coaching staff as well as the direction of the program.
“UVA is probably my favorite right now,” Davis said. “I like them because the program is established and I really like the coaches. They have a winning program that is going in a good direction. I talked to Coach Al Groh before I left for my Duke visit, and he was telling me they are looking forward to me coming up for the visit. They want me to get out there and see what they have to offer.”
Originally scheduled to visit Marshall this weekend, Davis is unsure of where he will end up visiting. He is waiting to hear from several schools, notably Pittsburgh, and whether or not they want to bring him up for a visit.
“Right now, I’m going to Marshall, but that might change,” Davis said. “I might go to Pittsburgh…I don’t know. The coach from there told me I should hear from them this week.”
When asked which schools would give UVA serious competition if they were to offer, Davis said “Florida for one, but I haven’t heard from them recently so I’m not sure what’s going on there. Pittsburgh would be another.”
The 6-1, 187 pound Davis is being recruited by some schools as a tailback and others as a safety. UVA likes him primarily as a safety. His senior season was his first chance to really play a significant role on his team, and he shined at both the starting tailback and safety positions.
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