A highlight of the visit was a dinner for the prospects and their families at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“It was just cool,” he said. “We were the only people there, just checking out the whole thing.”
It was, of course, brought to Davis’ attention that Tech will begin a five-game series at MBS this fall against Notre Dame, an opportunity he described as “awesome.”
Dinner wasn’t bad, either — steak, macaroni and a feast of desserts.
“Cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, cupcakes, chocolate cake,” Davis reported.
That Davis was in this position to be plied with desserts at the table of Collins is something of an upset. As late as this fall, Davis’ offers were strictly from “Group of Five” schools such as Georgia Southern, Central Michigan and Kent State.
Attention may have been low because Metter is a smaller-classification school (Class 2A) that is out of the way (off I-16 between Macon and Savannah) and the team had not been highly competitive until this year, when the Tigers won their region and reached the third round of the state playoffs. Last summer, he attended one camp, at Mercer, which produced an offer from Central Michigan.
But his highlight videos, in which he plays both defensive end and tight end, show explosiveness off the snap and speed off the edge. Davis was named the Region 2-AA athlete of the year for his play. He is listed at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds and has a thick frame. Davis said he gained 15 pounds this season, starting out at 215.
He is a three-star prospect by 247 Sports Composite. 247 Sports only recently gave him a star rating.
Tech coaches reached out to him in December just before the “dead period” began Dec. 16, limiting contact.
“They said they really liked me and they wanted to get a chance to recruit me and evaluate me,” Davis said.
The contact came as a surprise. Davis said that he had been invited to Tech’s spring game, but couldn’t make it, and then didn’t hear anything after that.
“After the season, I just waited, and they finally started texting me again,” Davis said.
Davis communicated mostly with cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich, Davis’ principal recruiter. And, this past Wednesday, on a FaceTime conversation with Popovich and defensive ends coach Marco Coleman, he was offered a scholarship.
“I was excited,” Davis said.
Davis said he’ll make his announcement on the first of the signing period. The choices will be different than they would have been a little more than a month ago. Arizona and Illinois are also interested, he said.
Davis didn’t make a commitment and sign in the early period in part because “I was waiting to see what’s all out there,” he said. “And I’m kind of glad I waited.”