Tyler (Texas) John Tyler is almost always one of the top teams in East Texas, if not the entire state. This year was no different for the Lions as they made a deep playoff run following a 9-1 regular season with the defense leading the way.
A key cog on that side of the ball was defensive end Eric Davis. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound junior consistently made plays while making his way into the opposing teams' backfields. Over the weekend he made his first unofficial college visit.
"I went to Texas A&M for a junior day this past weekend," Davis said. "It went pretty good. We looked at the school and met with the coaches. They had really nice facilities down there so it was a real good experience."
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Davis received some unexpected news during his trip to College Station.
"They offered me when I was there," he said. "It came as a big surprise. I really just thought I was going to go down there and just come back and that was it but they offered me in the middle of the day. I was really excited about that. Mike Sherman, the head coach, he told me I was being offered."
Since the Aggies run a 3-4 defense, they are recruiting Davis to play a little bit different position that what he is used to.
"They want me to play a stand up defensive end/linebacker type of position," he said. "The position they told me I would be playing, I think it would fit me well. I wouldn't mind playing in a 4-3, though, because I've played that my whole life.
"I think I could play either one and the 3-4 makes a lot of sense. I'd probably prefer the 4-3 but it doesn't really matter to me that much."
Other than the new offer, Davis says that his recruitment has been kind of slow to this point. He does have one other potential visit on his schedule though.
"I'm going to try and go to Oklahoma for a junior day this weekend," he said. "I'm not 100-percent sure I'll make it, though."
With the Aggies the first to offer the athletic defender, it was enough to vault them to an early lead for his services.
"Right now I'd probably have to say A&M," Davis said as to his favorite. "I went down to the junior day and it was a good environment. I think that I could fit in with the defensive scheme that they're running right now. They probably have a slight lead right now.
"I'm also hoping Oklahoma State and Texas offer me. I heard from Texas a little bit during the season but I haven't heard from them lately."
Davis tallied 63 tackles, 12 sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries en route to earning first-team all-district honors in 2010.