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May 16, 2012Thursday evening from his home in Stockton (Calif.), four-star running back Justin Davis will make one college football fan base very happy.
No lights, no camera, no media hype. Davis, who rushed for 2,380 yards and 36 touchdowns last year, is ready to announce his college commitment.
Davis will call college coaches and send out a text message to media outlets Thursday night at approximately 6:00 p.m. PST to inform the public of his decision.
Davis has been worth the wait for many colleges. Since announcing he would make a decision in May, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound tailback has piled on the honors. Davis arrived at the Army All-American Combine last January with a scholarship offer from Oklahoma. A month later, Washington and Cal joined the race for his commitment.
In late February, Davis attended the Trojans Junior Day and was one of only two recruits offered a scholarship by USC. The other was five-star quarterback and to-be Trojan commit Max Browne.
In all, the nation's No. 5 rated running back and No. 48 overall rated prospect received scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Florida State, Fresno State, Houston, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
The scholarship offers Davis has received are honor enough, but he was also named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month. Davis will compete in Atlanta (Ga.) next month among the top 100 players in the country for the Rivals Five-Star Challenge.
Although Davis has almost two dozen college options, Washington, Cal and USC appear to be the three schools he has narrowed his decision down to.
"I like Cal because of Coach [Ron] Gould. He put all of those running backs in the NFL," said Davis after his unofficial visit to Cal in April. "I like Coach Gould and I like how he would coach me and make me a part of that legacy. And of course, the upgrade they're getting in facilities is very nice."
Davis sees Washington as a football program in on the rise as well.
"Washington is getting an upgrade to their stadium too," said Davis. "The campus there is beautiful, and I really liked the city too. Plus, I like how Washington has turned around their program. There doing the right things now.
"A couple of years back or so, they went winless. Now they've made it to a bowl and are starting to do much better."
At USC, depth chart and tradition stand out for Davis.
"They really made me feel like they needed me to continue their legacy," said Davis after his unofficial visit to Los Angeles. "They made me feel like they've got to have me. I've been impressed with their academic programs and the degree they offer also."
USCFootball.com will continue to keep you updated on Justin Davis as he announces his college decision Thursday evening.