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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Davis lands 5 offers after healthy season

By Jared Shanker

Coming into his junior season, Anthony Davis (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) was under the radar as he missed the summer camp circuit because of a foot injury. He was a player his coaches raved about, however, and a productive 2012 season has him on the radar of several programs.

Bowling Green, Illinois, Temple, Texas Tech and Toledo have all offered the 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback already. Georgia Tech, Penn State and Pittsburgh are among those interested.

The Owls are among the latest to offer Davis. Several of his Gateway teammates landed scholarships from Temple recently, which is no surprise considering former Gateway coach Terry Smith is now an assistant coach with the Owls. While Davis and his teammates might have more prestigious offers than Temple, the Owls are in a position to compete for them, as well as several other Western Pennsylvania players, because of Smith.

“It actually does,” Davis said of how Smith being at Temple changes the perception of the Owls among WPIAL prospects. “We were close and during my study halls I’d go and talk to him about personal things. He’s more than a coach for us. He’d help with anything we’d need help with.”

Pittsburgh has offers out to Davis’ teammates and the Panthers have several Gateway graduates on their roster. He was scheduled to visit Pitt with teammate Montae Nicholson at the beginning of February but was unable to make the junior day trip.

During January and December, Pitt was at Gateway just about every week, and Davis said one of his high school coaches told him to expect a Pitt offer sometime down the line.

“[Pitt] is close to home, obviously, and I know a couple players from Gateway there,” he said. “It’s a good environment.”

Penn State is sending Davis mail and is also a mainstay at Gateway during periods coaches can come freely through schools. He will likely visit the school in the near future with Nicholson and some other teammates.

Georgia Tech could be the closest to offering Davis next. He speaks with a Yellow Jackets assistant every week.

“They check up to see how I’m doing, and I met with a coach,” Davis said. “They told me I should have [an offer] soon.”