Between having two summer jobs, working out at school, Rivals250 defensive tackle Luther Davis may seem like he wouldn't have that much time to focus on recruiting. Apparently, he's made time and has a list of visits, a decision date, and numerous teams on the board for him at this time.
The 6-foot-3, 254-pound four-star West Monroe, La., defender has hauled in offers from several top programs such as Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Nebraska, Alabama, and Auburn. Many people think that leaving home is going to be something Davis would rather not do, but apparently he's wide open leading up to his fall decision.
Davis has the date set and a few more visits to go before his commitment hits the airwaves.
"Well, my mom and I sat down and spoke about it," Davis said about his decision timeframe. "We decided on a date of Aug. 19 and it's going to be on ESPN. At the same time, we want schools to understand that though I'll make my decision then, there is still a chance some other schools could work into the mix.
"Nothing is final until Signing Day."
Previous visits to LSU and Alabama both went well for the nation's No. 14 rated defensive tackle prospect. He'll take in Auburn this upcoming Saturday and Tennessee on July 23.
Regardless of how well things have gone, he's keeping his options open. Davis does have a few schools though that he's been keeping in more contact with than others.
"LSU, Notre Dame, and Nebraska are the ones that I talk with the most regularly," Davis said. "I keep in touch with them a lot. Coach Jay Norvell (Nebraska) always keeps in touch and just checks to see how I'm doing. At Notre Dame, I talk with coach Michael Haywood a lot and we try to check in with each other as much as possible.
"With LSU, I hear from those guys almost every day whether it's a letter or a text message. Miami and Tennessee also do a good job giving me a holler every now and then as well."
Southern Cal may also be the recipient of a visit soon, but Davis has been hearing mixed messages from him and friend, Rivals100 athlete Joe McKnight.
"At one point in time, USC was in the lead," Davis said. "There is some confusion there that I've got to get figured out. They were telling Joe that when he went down there, they were recruiting me for the offensive line. I don't have a problem playing that, but they always told me defensive end.
"They also told me that they were going to play Joe at cornerback, but they're telling him tailback. I did speak with Dwayne Jarrett though the other day. I know Brian Cushing well, and so I hooked up with him. He said that he liked me a lot as a player."
The Tigers are a team many people feel we'll be hard to beat in the end. However, Davis says that he's not a slam dunk for any school.
"A lot of talk is about me not wanting to leave the home school and that I'm an automatic lock for LSU," he said. "Believe it or not, location won't be a factor. It's not going to work like that. The coaching staff and playing time are the main things I'm looking at."
Davis was supposed to make a trip to Florida State this weekend, but was unable to make the visit.