May 29, 2008

Davis starting to think about visits

Keenan Davis is a naturally gifted athlete and a hard worker.

That combination has helped make him one of the top wide receiver prospects from the Class of 2008.

"It is like Michael Jordan," said Tony Lombardi, his coach at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Washington High. "It wasn't until later that you found out that he was the first guy in the gym and the last one to leave every night. Keenan is a little bit that way."

"I work my heart out," added Davis, who stands 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. "Most of the colleges I have talked to have said they really like my competitiveness. I try to go out there and give it my all every time."

A first-team all-state selection as a junior, Davis hauled in 81 passes for 1,160 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 43 balls for 783 yards and eight scores as a sophomore.

Davis competed in track and field in order to improve on his speed this spring. He improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.52-seconds to 4.47-seconds, and in the process he helped Washington High to a state title in the 4x2 relay.

Arizona State, Cincinnati, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Wisconsin are among the football programs that have offered Davis a scholarship.

Iowa is the only college that he has had a chance to check out so far.

"I have been there (Iowa) quite a few times because we are only 25 minutes away," Davis said. "They have great facilities there. I have a really good relationship with all of the coaches. They send me mail every day. Iowa is probably recruiting me the hardest out of all the colleges so I have a really good relationship with them."

Davis mentioned Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arizona State as schools he would like to visit.

"I don't really have a set time table for narrowing things down but my coach and I have been talking and we are going to try to set up visits for the summer and during the season in the fall," he explained. "I think I am going to be making my decision after the season or maybe on signing day."

Davis has spoke with wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau from the Buffaloes' staff.

"I don't know a whole lot about their program," he said when asked about Colorado. "One of our former players (Maurice Cantrell) that played on a Washington team that went to state championship game goes to Colorado. I look up to him and he has told me Colorado is a great place. He said it is a great environment down there. The campus is beautiful. That is all I really know about them."

Davis had previously mentioned that location could be a factor in his college decision.

"My mom told me this decision is up to me and if I want to go far away, then I can go far away," he said. "But if I did go to Iowa or Illinois they could still see me play. That is going to be part of my decision because I would like my parents to have the opportunity to come see me play in college."

Davis is a four-star prospect and a member of the Rivals250 list.

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