February 3, 2010

Davis set to play for Syracuse

Dyshawn Davis wasn't as highly recruited as some incoming Syracuse recruits, but he nevertheless had the aspects necessary to compete at the Division 1 level, drawing interest from schools such as West Virginia, Boston College, Oregon, and Vanderbilt before ultimately taking the offer from Syracuse, the only major school listed that offered him.

"After my sophomore year I knew (I had the chance to play college football)", said Davis. "My coaches said I had the size, speed, and agility. I was told it would take hard work, effort, and attitude. I had to work hard and change what I had to change."

Davis's specs are impressive. Long and built at 6-3, 190, Davis should be one of the quicker guys in uniform for Syracuse this fall, running an acute 4.5 in the 40. Syracuse seemed like the perfect fit for his qualities.

"I picked Syracuse because the coaches had a lot to offer. Syracuse is a great school academically, and I would love to graduate from Syracuse. The coaches built a strong bond with myself and my family members."

Davis, out of Woodbury High School (NJ), said he's already spoken with new Orange Wide Receivers coach Rob Moore, who he respects highly, having played at the high school, college, and professional levels. "He helps kids become father figures, and great overall young men. I just couldn't see myself anywhere else. It was a perfect fit for me."

Davis admitted he's lucky to have gotten an offer from the Orange.

"I'm just blessed that Syracuse has given me an opportunity. To play at the next level and a get a good education - who knows what could have happened - there's a lot of great athletes out there with potential and ability who haven't gotten an offer from any colleges."

As for Davis's favorite part of the recruiting process, Davis said it was the uncertainty of not knowing where he would go. Ironically, this is probably what stresses out coaches the most.

"The best experience was the visits, and actually going up and seeing it." Coming out of the locker rooms with 50 players getting ready to play on espn was the perfect experience, said Davis.

Davis said he did have a least favorite experience of the process, however.

"I didn't like spending time talking with the coaches on the phone at night when you're tired, you're hungry, but it's something you have to do." And even though Davis never necessarily always liked doing it, he recognizes that without those phone calls with coaches he probably wouldn't be where he is now, signing with Syracuse.

"I'm most looking forward to putting on that Syracuse uniform," Davis said."I am looking forward to gameday in general - hearing coach Marrone's pregame speech, and getting excited for each and every game, home or away. "I just want to participate in a division 1 college football season". The experience, Davis agreed, is really what has brought him to where he is.

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