TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Three-star cornerback T.J. Davis of Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby is hoping to be a part of a state championship team in 2011. The road to that goal began on Monday when the Cougars returned to the practice fields for the start of two-a-days.
"It was exciting," Davis said. "It was a little sluggish from vacation, but overall I think we put in a good practice."
With this being his final year at Godby, Davis understands he must do his part to lead his peers and raise up some of his younger teammates.
"I don't feel more pressure, just more responsibility," Davis said. "All of us seniors, that is our challenge, to motivate our team and lead by example as we try to win a championship."
Prior to fall practice rolling around, Davis traveled a good bit during the summer months. He visited Oregon on two occasions, once for Nike Track Championships and a second time for Nike's 'The Opening'. He also made his way to Auburn for two visits as well as South Alabama and Florida State for camps.
Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers have made quite the impression on the 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back.
"Auburn is pretty good," Davis said. "Coach (Curtis) Luper is doing a great job recruiting me. I love their defensive staff, including Coach Ted Roof, a great defensive coordinator. Overall, it is just a good place to be."
Davis also enjoyed his time at his hometown school, Florida State, where he participated in a one-day session of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp. He worked closely with defensive backs coach Mark Stoops.
"They told me I am a great player and that I can definitely play," Davis said. "They just talked to me about needing to work on extending my arm, my jab. They talked to me about things I need to work on."
Now with his senior season fast approaching, Davis talked about how he will whittle down his list of more than 30 options.
"I want to make at least three officials and then decide from there," Davis said. "Right now I have Notre Dame and Auburn set up. Those are the only two so far. I am going to the USC game for Notre Dame and the Florida game for Auburn. Right now I don't know who will get that third one - it is between Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida State."
Outside of those five schools - Notre Dame, Auburn, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida State - Davis also said that TCU is amongst his favorites at this time. Out of those six schools, one has done enough to be considered his favorite.
"I would say Notre Dame is still leading a little bit," Davis said. "It is out-of-state. Also, I like the history of the school. The playing time looks great. They also have great coaches."
While the Fighting Irish claim the lead at this time, Davis said the margin isn't that great between them and the remainder of his top schools.
"Overall, they are all pretty even," Davis added.
As a junior, Davis indicated that he registered 80 tackles, three interceptions and 16 pass breakups.