How good is Willie Davis?
The truth is, nobody really knows — including Davis. But everybody is eager to find out. And so is South Florida, which recently received a verbal commitment from the Stephenson running back.
There is, after all, a limited body of work off which to judge Davis. As a junior last season he played in the shadows of tailback Raymond Sanders, a Kentucky signee and one of the top backs in the state.
“I wouldn’t say shadows,” Davis injects. “I’d just say I’ve just been waiting for my opportunity. But I’m as eager as anybody else to see what’s going to happen.”
What people have seen, they like. And what’s not to like?
Davis (5-11, 195) rushed for nearly 700 yards while playing in only six games as a backup/backfield mate for Sanders. And he has raised his stature while camping and visiting all over the South this spring and summer with many of his Stephenson teammates.
Davis is approaching double-figure offers, with tenders from the likes of West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Louisville, Marshall and others. Others still have been looking hard but have yet to offer.
But the South Florida Bulls have been with Davis from the outset. And he rewarded them with a verbal commitment during a visit to the Tampa campus the weekend before last.
“I really like the coaching staff and what all they had to offer,” Davis said of the USF program, now under the leadership of former East Carolina coach Skip Holtz. “The facilities down there are nice and everything really. They actually have a good opportunity for me to go down there and get established quickly. I just felt like it was the best opportunity and situation for me.”
But it’s not likely to be the only situation for Davis. ACC and SEC schools continue to court and evaluate Davis. And Davis continues to evaluate them.
In fact, he spent this past weekend in Nashville touring Vanderbilt. Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and several others have shown continued interest.
“I actually got some advice on that while I was down [in Tampa],” Davis said. “Some of the players told me and [teammate] Kadetrix [Marcus] to finish our visits and make sure your choice is the right one. That’s what I plan to do.”
Here’s his entertaining highlight video posted at YouTube.com: