Mansfield (Texas) offensive center Austin Davis was just starting to receive attention from colleges. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound junior recently attended a junior day at the University of Texas and many schools were hoping to see evaluate him further during spring ball.
This weekend, though, Davis decided to end the recruiting process before it really started to get hectic. On an unofficial visit to an ACC program, he pulled the trigger on a commitment.
"I committed to Duke," Davis said. "My mom, my dad and I went and visited up there. On Friday we watched the practice and on Saturday we watched them scrimmage."
Davis had the opportunity to personally tell head coach David Cutcliffe of his plans to join the Blue Devils.
"After the scrimmage I went in coach Cutcliffe's office and I committed," he said. "He was very excited that I wanted to play there and he's excited to see what the future holds."
Davis says there were many reasons he chose to commit but the strong sense of family was the main factor.
"Whenever I went there I felt like I fit great," he said. "I had that great sense of family. I felt like that when I go there I would be part of a family. That's what made me want to play there. The sense of family is strong and I felt very welcomed."
Davis was selected by the coaches as a first-team all-district pick as a junior in helping lead Mansfield to an 11-2 record and the third round of the class 5A state playoffs.