Last weekend Washington (D.C.) Dunbar cornerback Vontae Davis took his first of two ACC official visits in the coming weeks. The 6-foot-0, 184-pounder went down to Charlottesville to check out the Cavaliers. Davis had a pretty good visit with the exception of the recent announcement of the Virginia coaches leaving.
"It was a nice visit," he said. "I got up there on Friday and they showed me around campus. I got to see what college life at UVA is like and the academics. I even hung out with my host Deyon Williams. He's from my area and was a good host. He mostly talked to me about why he came here and all that. On Sunday I talked one on one with Al Groh. It was a nice visit and he's a good person. I felt very comfortable with him and that's exactly what I'm looking for a coach I can go to any time."
The only drawback for Davis was that many of the coaches including his recruiter Ron Prince have left.
"The real con with Virginia is that half the coaching staff is leaving and they'll be bringing in new guys. I didn't even know about that until I got back from my visit," he said. "It would have been much better if I went up on my visit early next month so that I could have met the new staff because now I don't know who to expect and that's a real negative."
The three-star prospect rated his trip to Virginia a six.
"That's primarily because of all the coaches that are leaving and I know if I went there it could be a whole new system," he said. "I would still say all four schools I'm looking at are even."
On December 16th, Davis is headed to Maryland for his fourth official.
"I just want to go there and learn a lot more about them and have a good time," he said. "I know they have a good program and send players to the NFL, so that's a real positive for them. I also like that they're close to home."
Recently Ron Zook made a trip to visit with the No. 1 player in D.C.
"He was really cool and is always enthused which I like," he said. "He tells you what's true and not and holds nothing back. He's a really good coach and like family, he'll help you do the best you can."
Davis continues to look at Michigan State as well.
"They and Illinois had wonderful game day atmospheres and it was very exciting on my visits," he said. "It was totally different from the ACC and that's what stood out about them."