Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) star athlete Marcus Davis headed into the 2007 season as an “athlete” recruit, a prospect who combined excellent size (6-4, 220 pounds) and athleticism (4.5 in the 40) and who likely projected to play wide receiver or tight end on the next level. Come Signing Day, however, Davis would be listed on Virginia Tech’s official website as a quarterback recruit.
Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Ocean Lakes starting quarterback Dan Pitts suffered a knee injury that would keep him out for the entire season. Called upon to take the reigns as starting signal caller, Davis, who played some quarterback his junior season, would complete 104 of 223 passes for 1,837 yards and 20 touchdowns and rush for 858 yards and 12 scores on the season. He led the Dolphins to a 9-1 regular season record and a playoff appearance.
College coaches took notice of Davis’ senior season production. As they did so, they changed the projected position from “athlete” to quarterback. Virginia Tech was one of those schools.
“I feel like I will be a good quarterback,” said Davis, who likes playing quarterback because “I feel like I’m in control” of everything on the gridiron. “Right now, I’m working on everything. I’m throwing a lot and trying to get my accuracy down. I’m trying to get my strength and speed up also. College will be a whole different game, and I already know I’ll need to work to the fullest. Understanding the plays will be tough, so I know I’ll have to work hard in all areas. I figured I’ll start now.”
Another school that envisioned Davis playing quarterback was Penn State, the program that ended up giving Tech its toughest competition.
“I just liked being there,” Davis said of Penn State, one of the other schools besides Virginia Tech that he made an official visit...
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