Florida State's new defensive coordinator, who continues to make good on his institutional knowledge of the state from his days with the Crimson Tide, has identified inside linebacker Deshaun Davis (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) as a guy he'd like to have. With an offer in hand, Davis is just now getting to learn more about the Seminoles.
"I know it is a pretty good program," he said. "I feel like they are getting back to championship contending. From what I have heard, they have a good academic program. I went up there to see my cousin play -- he plays for Murray State -- last year, I went up there and I fell in love with the fan base. I was supposed to be cheering my cousin on, but I found myself doing the Seminole chop."
What he does know, however, is all about Pruitt. The two have a relationship that dates back a couple of years.
"He is a great person," Davis said. "Me and him have a really good relationship. He has been recruiting me since the summer of my ninth-grade year going into my 10th-grade year. He was trying to get me to Alabama. They never pulled the trigger, so when he got the defensive coordinator job at Florida State, I was hoping that would be one of those offers that I could count on. And sure enough, he gave me the offer, but Florida State is one of my high schools right now."
South Carolina and Tennessee, a couple of SEC East programs, have also offered and have Davis' attention. He already has seen the Gamecocks' program, but Tennessee will get a chance this weekend.
"I have been to South Carolina myself and they have some great facilities," he said. "The coaching staff, I have talked to pretty much everybody on that staff and they are really cool. I have talked to Coach [Steve Spurrier] and I feel like he is a great coach. Their academic program seems pretty good. It is just a good atmosphere all around.
"Tennessee, I don't really know too much about, but I am going to visit there this Saturday coming up. I was talking to Coach [Tommy] Thigpen, he was recruiting me when he was at Auburn. Me and him have a really good relationship, also. He has been telling me a lot about the school, so from what I have been hearing from him, it sounds like a place I would like to be at. I am going to go see it for myself."
Davis has other trips planned to Southern Miss, Auburn on March 30, and Georgia for G-Day. The Bulldogs could very well be one of the next schools to offer.
"They say I look good, and it sounds like they could offer me, so I am in a hurry to get up there," Davis said.
Two elusive offers remain out there for Davis. He grew up liking two specific SEC West programs and they would each make an impact should they jump in the race.
"Actually, I grew up a LSU fan," he said. "Auburn was always my No. 2. If I could have any scholarship, I would choose LSU first and Auburn second."