Ypsilanti (Mich.) Willow Run lineman Garret Davis is not afraid to show how he stacks up against the top players in the country. So, when the 6-3, 282-pound Davis wanted to circulate his name among the college ranks, he decided combines and camps were the best route to go.
This past January, Davis traveled down to San Antonio, Tex., to compete in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Combine. He has since made appearances at other events, including the Midwest Elite Exposure Camp in Wixom, Mich., this past weekend.
"I got to go up against a lot more linemen than the last combine and it was a lot more competitive. I pretty much won all my one-on-ones. Sometimes I have a little trouble being too high at the snap, but I still got to the quarterback. All in all, I think I did pretty good, especially with the agility drills and the double team drills."
Davis is a legitimate two-way line prospect. He originally started his high school career as an offensive lineman, but added the defensive tackle to his position his resume last fall, finishing with more than 70 tackles and eight sacks.
"Last year was really my first year starting on defense, so when you watch my tape my technique needs to get better," Davis said. "(On offense) I'm very aggressive and dominant when it comes to pancaking people, going to the next level and chipping linebackers and defensive ends.
"I'm 282 right now and a lot of schools were saying I have the body frame of a defensive tackle because they can add another 20 pounds if they wanted to, but I won't look 300."
Davis is still looking for his first scholarship offer, but he is receiving attention from schools in the Midwest and beyond and has seen several coaching staffs through his school already this spring.
"I've had Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo, Akron and then I'm supposed to be having some Big Ten schools coming through to check on me here in the next week or so like Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Northwestern," Davis reported.
The camp and combine tour will continue through the summer for Davis as he prepares for his senior season and also looks to add a few scholarship offers along the way.
"This summer is really packed, especially in the beginning of June," Davis said. "I've got the NIKE Training Camp at the beginning of June, then after that I go to Iowa for a padded camp. I'm also going to Indiana, Notre Dame and in the middle of June I think I am going to be flying to Baylor. They like me for defense. I might go to Arizona in the beginning of July. They are looking at me for center/guard."