Before this month, Virginia Tech appeared to be a serious long shot for 4-star Douglass (Atlanta, GA) tailback James Davis. Tech has returned to Davis’ list in strong fashion, largely due to the efforts of recruiting coach Lorenzo Ward.
“I talk to Coach Ward a lot,” Davis said. “He said they need a big-time back because their rushing status is not that good right now. They had to move a receiver to running back this year. They’re looking for big-time backs to come in and play with Mike Vick’s brother [Marcus]. I think that could be a good combination.”
There are 5 schools being strongly considered by Davis, with 2 standing out right now as the favorites.
“My top schools are Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State,” Davis said. “Tennessee and Virginia Tech stand out above the rest right now. Tennessee has 2 running backs leaving after this year in Jabari Davis and Cedric Houston. They still got [Gerald] Riggs, but he’ll be a senior next year. I think I could at least get some carries as a true freshman. I went to the orange/white game this Spring. It felt all right.
“I haven’t seen Virginia Tech yet. They come down to play Georgia Tech this week so I’ll get to see them play. I’m going to the game.”
Davis has set only one official visit but plans to take at least 2 official trips.
“I only have one official visit set,” Davis said. “That’s with Virginia Tech. It’s set for November 26th, but if we go deep in the playoffs I might have to reschedule it. I’m going to take an official visit to Tennessee too. After that, I really don’t know. After those visits, I’m not sure if I’ll take more.”
When asked what the most important factor will be in making his decision, Davis said “playing time.”
One of the top prospects in the state of Georgia, Davis has helped his team to an 8-1 record and a #6 ranking in the state. His team plays in the highest level of competition – the 5A level.
Through 9 games Davis has tallied 1,585 yards and 19 touchdowns. He rushed for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns this past weekend in a 27-24 victory over Riverdale.
A big back, Davis says his athleticism is his main strength.
“Speed and quickness are my strengths,” Davis said. “I run a 4.45 in the 40. I’m 6-0, 207-pounds. I like to run over players and I’ll run around them.”
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