June 2, 2011

Davis makes first round of cuts

Tallahassee (Godby), Fla., three-star cornerback T.J. Davis has more than 25 offers.

Some 14 of those schools made his first cut earlier this week, including Ole Miss.

The Rebels' recruiting pitch to Davis is simple: Early playing time is available for the 6-foot, 175-pound if he signs with Ole Miss. The coach making that sales pitch for Ole Miss is Godby High School alumnus Chris Vaughn.

"I knew Coach Vaughn from last year when he was recruiting here," Davis said Thursday afternoon. "I know him and I know about Ole Miss. He actually played at my high school, so we've talked about that, too.

"He told me I could come in there and make an immediate impact if I work hard and build on what I already have."

Davis said some members of his stepmother's family went to school at Ole Miss and he has family in Mississippi.

"I'm supposed to be going there sometime (this summer)," Davis said. "It should be an easy trip."

Ole Miss is not on Davis' immediate travel plans. Davis traveled to LSU recently, and he is planning to camp at Auburn early next week before visiting Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami.

Davis said his top 14 schools are _ in no particular order _ Auburn, Ohio State, TCU, Texas Tech, Miami, Clemson, Florida State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Louisville, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and LSU. All of those schools, Davis said, have offered.

"Sometimes I think about and it's just really, I don't know," Davis said, laughing. "I think it's going to be pretty tough. I have good relationships with all of the coaches on that list. It'll probably come down to me and my Pops sitting down and talking about what's best for me and the way the coaches interact with the players."

Davis said he doesn't plan to make a hasty decision this summer.

"I think I'll take about three officials and I'll know by then," Davis said.

In the meantime, Davis is focusing on improving his game leading into his senior season. Davis had 80 tackles, three interceptions and 16 pass break-ups as a junior.

"I think I'm doing really well at reading the quarterback's eyes in zone coverage," Davis said. "I think I'm doing good with my agility and quickness. I think I need to work on everything though."

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