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SAFETY DEION DAVIS: ARMY OFFER FLOORED HIM

Deion Davis

Deion Davis

Deion Davis is one of those players that you watch his film and wonder why he has no offers. That dilemma for Davis ended on Tuesday when Army West Point extended an offer.

Army safeties coach John Loose had stopped by to visit with Davis. No big deal, Deion Davis has had a lot of interest, just no offers. Temple, Villanova, UConn, UMass, Monmouth, Fordham and Lafayette have all expressed interest in Davis.

Davis, whose brother Desi plays at Penn State, was expecting another meet and greet with a college coach, but was floored when Loose told him he had an offer.

“It blew my mind. I’m really interested in going to Army,” remarked Davis of his offer from Army.

It’s easy to see why Davis caught Loose’s attention. Davis, a rising junior at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa., is a prototype safety. He’s got good size at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds. He has run the forty in as little as 4.53 seconds. Watching his film (below) he’s a ball hawk who plays with reckless abandon.

Last season Davis was a two-way player, catching 35 passes as a receiver for 500 yards and three touchdowns. As a safety he picked off two passes and piled up tackles. He did all this in just five games because of an injury to his hand but says it is fully recovered. Maybe that is why other coaches are reluctant to pull the trigger and offer the star.

What makes Davis such a great player?

“My speed and my ability to cut in routes and increase space,” Davis said.

Asked to describe a play he made last year where he helped his team, Davis described a play he made in the second game of the season, against Delco Christian.

His team had looked sluggish in the first couple drives of the game on offense. However, late in the first quarter Lower Merion’s quarterback spotted Davis sprinting down the left sideline. Just as Davis turned towards the direction of the incoming pass he felt the ball hit his hands. After securing the ball he bolted 28-yards to pay dirt, giving his team a 7-0 lead. Lower Merion went on to win 19-7. Davis said that his score energized his team and gave them the confidence to win the game.

Davis hasn’t visited Army yet but plans to do so. Davis, whose grandfather served in the Army in Vietnam, says he likes the size of West Point and the football culture and brotherhood there.

Davis, who says Army offered him as a safety, is an all-around athlete. As a forward on the basketball court he is one of his team’s top rebounders, a team which won the league championship. In track, he runs in several events and has a personal best time of 10.69 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

Davis, who plans to major in Sports Marketing or Sports Management, has a long way to go in his recruiting. He is a very well-spoken young man who likely will get a bunch more offers before it is over. Loose and Army are smart for offering early; they should have a leg up on everyone else for believing him.

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