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Davison talks Big Ten pledge

Raymond Davison had planned to visit Northwestern in the last few weeks and during that trip was going to commit to the Wildcats.
That trip fell through and the Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive end could not wait any longer so in the last couple days he made his choice and is happier than ever.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound prospect will play in the Big Ten.
"I planned on visiting that bye week I had but my parents weren't able to come with me," Davison said. "I was planning to commit then but we haven't set the date in stone yet. It depends on whether they're playing in the Big Ten championship. I'm not sure if I can visit that week.
"We were talking maybe Thanksgiving weekend or maybe the first or second week of December. It's not set in stone. I kind of already wanted to commit so I just committed."
Davison, who finished with 55 tackles and six sacks on an 8-2 team this season, has developed a strong relationship with the coaching staff and that played a big factor in his decision.
Through his recruitment, Davison has gotten to know coach Pat Fitzgerald well plus he's talked numerous times with Northwestern's assistant coaches. He's especially fond of assistant head coach Jerry Brown and defensive line coach Marty Long.
For Davison, the decision was pretty easy.
"It's Northwestern," Davison said.
"Not much else needs to be said. It's a great football program, coach (Fitzgerald) is an alum from there, he knows what he's doing. He's a good guy. They've been talking to me for a while maybe from the spring of my junior year.
"I've been building a relationship with coach Brown and coach Long and they like guys with a lot of character. I can see character in them as a player. It's definitely a place where I can see myself playing and being for four years."
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