Calvert Hall's Da'Quan Davis picks West Virginia
Da’Quan Davis was preparing for the Penn State football camp this week when he came to a realization: attending another one-day audition in the hopes of landing a scholarship made no sense, especially considering his comfort level with the first school that offered him.
“I don’t see myself anywhere else than West Virginia,” said Davis, who committed to the Mountaineers on Saturday. “It feels really good, like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was waiting around to see who else was going to come around, but I started to feel like West Virginia was the right fit. I didn’t know who else I was waiting for. [Other schools] were taking too long. West Virginia … they just loved me as a player and a person.”
Davis, a 5-foot-10, 172-pound rising senior from Calvert Hall, picked West Virginia over offers from Marshall and Ohio. He was also hearing from Maryland, Temple and Virginia, among others.
West Virginia identified Davis as a top priority for its 2012 class early on in the process, offering him a scholarship in February. While he was flattered by the early attention, Davis didn’t necessarily think then that Morgantown would be his ultimate destination.
“I went there in February … [and] they watched my film,” Davis said. “My coach came up to me at the [West Virginia] basketball game and said they offered me a scholarship. It was a great feeling to finally get a BCS offer on the table. I really didn’t think at the time that I would be at West Virginia, but looking back on it, it was a good deal.”
Ever since that February day, Davis said West Virginia’s pursuit has been consistent. While other programs were “all about 40 times, height and weight,” the Mountaineers coaches recognized that Davis can, quite simply, “play football.” Davis bonded with West Virginia defensive backs coach David Lockwood, and the Mountaineers’ first-year head coach.
“Dana Holgorsen is a great guy,” Davis said. “He pulled me into his office Friday afternoon, just giving me expectations coming in. They’re bringing in a new academic staff to help give West Virginia a better reputation on the academic side. Then with football, the West Virginia defense has already been good the past couple of years. His offense, he’s bringing in a whole different feel to West Virginia. It’s worked at Houston, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. I just feel the offensive firepower with Tavon Austin (Dunbar) and [Stedman] Bailey, guys like that, if our defense comes together, we'll have a good program.”
Davis, who committed to West Virginia during a visit to Morgantown for a 7-on-7 tournament, said he hopes to follow the path of Mountaineers cornerback Keith Tandy and former W.Va. star Brandon Hogan.
“I’m a hard worker,” Davis said. “I always outwork everybody and anybody. As soon as I get on campus and adjust to the system and schemes, I’m going to be ready to put on a show for the Mountaineers for the next four years.”
Baltimore Sun photo of Da'Quan Davis by Jed Kirschbaum / Nov. 25, 2010