December 18, 2011
Four-star WR Davis sets Vols visit, more
SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Quinshad Davis will focus more intently on his recruiting process once the holidays come and go.
The competitive four-star wideout from Gaffney, S.C., was busy Saturday thinking about what could have been.
After abusing the North Carolina All-Stars defensive back attempting to cover him --- and twisting his ankle in the process during a sensational 41-yard catch Saturday in the 75th annual North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl, Davis nonetheless couldn't help but feel he could have done more for the South Carolina Sandlappers' All-Star team in what was a 26-19 loss.
"I twisted my ankle pretty bad, but I was out there; I could play," Davis said. "After that catch, I said why didn't they throw the ball my way anymore."
Davis will squeeze in one more game ---- the increasingly popular Offense-Defense Bowl at Jerry Jones' Dallas Cowboys palace ---- before beginning in January to squeeze in his official visits and hone in on his college choice.
"It's going to be recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. That's about it," Davis said of his upcoming plans. "Then I've got to go to the O.D. Game."
Davis could be hearing from several Vols commitments at the all-star gathering in Dallas, which features a number of Tennessee pledges including quarterback Nathan Peterman. Davis said he has scheduled just two official visits so far --- Wake Forest on Jan. 13 and UT on Jan. 20. While he's heard from both in-state schools Clemson and South Carolina, Davis saw on Saturday it could be a crowded receivers corps for the Gamecocks. USC commitments Shaq Roland and Kwinton Smith combined for 16 receptions in the Shrine Bowl, with Roland earning his team's offensive MVP honors.
After torching opposing defenses in his 2011 season for more than 2,000 receiving yards, Davis has steadily seen his recruitment pick up. These all-star games can only help Davis, who said he's developed a good rapport with Tennessee secondary coach and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph, as well as Wake Forest's Lonnie Galloway, who serves as the Demon Deacons' wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.
Despite a relatively low number of targets in the Shrine Bowl and needing to ice down the ankle injury, Davis gave his experience in Spartanburg high marks as he tested himself against dozens of the top players in the Carolinas.
"I had a pretty good week here, getting to meet all these guys and getting to see the kids at the hospital," said the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder. "I had a good week."
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