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Schools coming after Buchtel duo

5/14/2013

Before every huddle breaks, Ricky Powers has his Akron (Ohio) Buchtel football team yell the same phrase.

“Play fast,” the Griffins scream.

Chris Davis and Ali Gross plan on doing just that, but it’s not just limited to the high school level as the Buchtel athletes are starting to get some big looks from Division I programs.

Davis, who threw for 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns, is starting to get a lot of attention, and there are two schools he likes very much: Toledo and Louisville.

The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Davis has visited both and likes what he sees all around.

“I felt comfortable at Toledo,” said Davis, who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds. “They were easy to talk to. They stressed about getting a degree. It reminded me of Buchtel. It was more like family.

“Louisville also stressed about getting a degree and going and competing to play. If there’s someone better than you, you’ll fall to the back of the line. They said they were impressed with my 40 time.”

For Davis, who had 50 tackles and two interceptions from his defensive back position, Ball State and Toledo are looking good.

Though he’ll play more running back role this fall for Buchtel, both schools are impressed with his mobility and are looking at him in the backfield.

Ball State showed the 5-foot-9, 183-pound Davis a great team vibe and Toledo gave him praise for his game.

In the end for both, however, it’s going to be what feels the best.

Their head coach played running back for Michigan. They also have friends in Corey Smith and Jarrod Wilson, who currently play for Ohio State and the Wolverines, respectively, so nothing will come as a shock.

For now, it’s a matter of schoolwork and reaching the next level.

“I just want to show them someone coming from nowhere on the map can make a name for himself,” Davis said.

Added Gross: “I want to show I can compete. I’m 5-foot-9, but I can play with anybody.”