If you have followed recruiting for awhile, you understand that every year some prospect just seems to fly under the radar. Whether it's lack of publicity or the prospect doesn't prefer the limelight, they just seem to stay in the shadows of the other big name prospects until someone finally discovers them and then everyone has to have them. Remember this name, Noor Davis.
Davis is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker from The Villages (Orlando, FL) and when you see his highlight film you'll understand what we're saying.
"I think I'm a very versatile player," the talented linebacker said. "I can use my athleticism either in pass coverage, off the edge like a pass rusher, or in run stopping by using my hands on linemen or strike them with my shoulder pads. I'm long, I'm rangy, and I can cover ground."
In his junior year, Davis ended the season with 98 tackles, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five pass deflections, two touchdowns and a safety.
Those are pretty impressive numbers for a prospect with only a Central Florida offer so far, but that is surely to change as the elite colleges are starting to catch wind and gathering information on the high school standout and that includes Notre Dame.
"Notre Dame has a great history, a great tradition and great academics," said Davis. "In terms of their football team, they have always had a great program and I really could see myself as a great fit in their 3-4 defense as a outside linebacker. I really enjoy the defense that they run."
The talented Florida junior not only excels on the gridiron, but also in the classroom too. He holds a 4.3 g.p.a and is a member of the National Honor Society and what makes this even more impressive is he does it all while being a multi-sport player. He plays baseball in the spring, football in the fall and basketball in the winter, where he holds the school scoring record of 33 points in a game.
Getting to the level he plays at has taken a lot of hard work on his part and the guidance of someone very close to him.
"My father was a High School All-American," he explained. "He attended Purdue and San Diego State and after college, he played in the pros with the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.
"My father has helped me with all the techniques in terms of football, basketball and baseball. He has taught me the fundamentals and how to perform on the field, take on blockers, pretty much how to do everything. Most importantly, my father has taught me to be humble and appreciative, how to be a man and how to carry myself off the field to prepare me for life."
With the recruiting process just getting started for the 2012 linebacker, he plans to to do all the research he needs to before deciding on a college choice.
"I will look at the location," Davis claimed. "Whether or not they're near a city or a college town and if I would be interested in being there. I will look at the program and see if they've been successful in the past, the present and whether they have something that just feels right for me.
"The tradition will be important along with the academics.
"The recruiting process comes around only once in a lifetime and I feel like I need to examine all my choices carefully, but if I find a school I think is right for me, my verbal commitment will be my final commitment. I don't want to verbally commit and then decommit, which is why I'm going to examine all of my offers when I get them.
"The one that I choose will be my final decision."