Derrick Davis safe Rivals100 is less than a week away from his November 7 pledge and the Monroeville (Pa.) Star Gateway has made a last-minute visit to the LSU. Even though the Tigers coaching staff were unable to receive him like a normal visit due to the NCAA’s recruitment dead, Davis really felt affection from LSU and the rest of the university.
“That was wonderful,” Davis said. “I’m glad I made the trip and came to visit. My mom, my aunt and I went down there on Saturday and we went to eat at a restaurant called Walk-On’s, which was delicious. Then we toured a bit of the campus. We have seen the engineering building and the business building. They were excellent.
“It̵7;s hard to see the game because we’re touring the campus,” he said. “We watched the first half at Walk-On’s. I like how Coach O doesn’t put him in midfield. He knows that he has a freshman midfielder and this is his first time playing in these critical moments. He does not put pressure on the midfield position.
“We had to do more on-campus tours on Sundays,” said Davis. “The people down there are extremely friendly. I just like the way everything on campus is close. There is a grocery store just below the dormitory. Dorms is a walk from the facility, and so are the classes. The university is a large circle with the stadium in the middle. I thought that was pretty cool.
“The coaches wanted me pretty badly,” he said. “Even though they couldn’t see me, they made sure to check on me, make sure I was okay and visit everything I needed. I think it was important that they tested me because some coaches would dodge and go to a series of meetings. Even when the LSU coaches were in a meeting, they still called to see if we were doing okay.
“The LSU really separates from the State of Ohio and the State of Penn with their diversity,” Davis said. “Culturally, there are many different people. That’s great. I feel a perfect fit. Even though I don’t know much commitment, I just feel like the coaching staff made me feel comfortable even though they couldn’t even see me. ”
On the safety of Rivals100, Sage Ryan pledges to the LSU: “For me that means the LSU has a chance of getting a really good one-two punch (for me and him),” he said. “I really don’t know him. Everywhere there are many defenders and a commitment to safety. You never know anyone but some say that they play it safe may become outside laners. “
In the game Penn State vs Ohio State: “I really didn’t get the chance to watch it,” Davis said.
Regarding his upcoming commitment: “Maybe I’ll know my decision by Wednesday,” he said. “It’s just Penn State, Ohio State and LSU. I will pick it out based on my experience, who has the best systems to help me take to the next level and who can best prepare me for life after football. “
State of Ohio: “They have a very good business,” Davis said. “Their team is doing very well. The way they hire me is amazing, and they always appreciate me to make sure I’m good. “
State of Penn: “They’re recruiting me just like the State of Ohio,” he said. “The coaching staff is always there and makes sure I’m doing well.”
Davis has a difficult decision to make over the next few days. Penn State, Ohio State and LSU are all good options and they can all use safe talent like Davis. Penn State has the best relationship with Davis because Nittany Lions defender coach Terry Smith has known Davis and his family for a long time. The Ohio State coaching staff gave Davis a priority to this early in the process and has done a great job building a relationship with his family. Buckeye’s commitments also made Davis feel very comfortable over the weekend before Jack Sawyer held a big visit over the weekend. LSU is playing from behind but Davis and his family are clearly comfortable in Baton Rouge and on campus. They don’t have a lot of time to get close to the coaches and other members of this recruiting class so that could hurt the tigers on Saturday. Look for Davis to announce his decision at around 4:15 pm or 4:30 pm on Saturday