February 3, 2011

July decision likely for Davis

Houston (Texas) Klein Forest quarterback Matt Davis has come a long way since tearing his ACL in the first game of the 2010 season. As the 2012 standout gets closer to being 100% again, his recruitment has only continued to heat up.

"Auburn, Texas Tech, LSU, and Texas A&M are probably the schools I'm hearing from the most right now. It's been getting crazy as more and more of them are entering the picture," Davis said. "My rehab has been going really well and I'm feeling better everyday. I just hit the five month mark last week so I'll probably be fully cleared in the next couple of weeks. I've been working hard to get there, but I'm not rushing anything. We've got plenty of time so we're making sure we do it the right way."

Davis has not attended any junior days so far, and since he's planning on graduating early it looks like that might be a part of the process he bypasses.

"I don't have anything scheduled right now and I probably won't hit any junior days because of how crowded they usually are. I'm going to be graduating early so I'd like to have my recruitment wrapped up by the middle of the summer and I'm just wanting to check programs out a little more than what a junior day allows," he said. "When I go visit schools I'll probably just go on regular visits so that I can get more one-on-one time with the coaches and not have to fight through such a crowd. So I don't have any junior days scheduled, but I'll probably sit down soon with my parents to start figuring out who I want to take visits to see pretty soon."

"I think I'll probably make my decision in July and I don't want to waver on that afterwards, so I want to make sure I'm comfortable with the options I have."

The staff at Texas Tech has been in contact with Davis for some time now, and indications are that the relationship only continues to grow stronger.

"With Tech, I've talked to Coach Tommy Mainord and Coach Neal Brown. We have a very good relationship and they're real down to earth kind of guys," he said. "We really haven't even talked a lot of football. They always want to know how life is going, my rehab and stuff like that. We've gotten along really well and I think that will continue."

With offers in hand from across the country, Davis will eventually be faced with making a decision as to whether or not he wants to stay close to home.

"I don't think location will really be a factor. Wherever God leads me is where I'm going to go. Personally, I'd like to get away from home, but not too far because I'd like for my parents to be able to see me play," Davis said. "A lot of the programs I'm hearing from aren't really near Houston anyway. I mean, going to Lubbock would be almost like going out of state. So I may have the opportunity to play in state, but still get away from home since Texas is so big."

"The only schools around here are like Houston, A&M, and Rice. TCU isn't too far away, but they're going to the Big East so most of their games aren't going to be played around here anyway. I've thought some about the distance, but I honestly will go in whatever direction God points me in."

With his target date for an announcement falling in July, the 6-foot-2, 198-pounder will have to soon begin narrowing down his list of options. Indications are that a couple of programs have already some-what separated themselves from the pack.

"If I had to name a leader right now, I'd probably say Auburn. I'm not set on them by any means, but they're a team that has stood out to me so far for obvious reasons. I do have a lot of really good options, though."

"Texas Tech has been with me for a while now too, so I don't want to sell them short, but Auburn has stood out the most. I've got a while until the summer, though. Nothing has been decided right now, that's for sure. I'm looking forward to seeing what teams come and go, and how it will all play out. I'm just blessed to have a lot of really good options right now."

Davis currently holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Purdue, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, and Utah.

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