January 29, 2012

Four-star WR talks final visit, NSD plans

It has been almost one trip on top of another one for coveted wide receiver prospect Quinshad Davis, a four-star burner with offers from across the United States and recently bestowed Parade All-American honors, among myriad others.

A participant in a pair of prestigious all-star games last month, Davis wrapped up his blitz of official visits this weekend when he checked out the University of Tennessee with his mother, and the Gaffney, S.C., product departed Knoxville impressed.

"It went pretty good. I mean, coaches really put things in perspective here. It was good getting to meet all the guys and players," said Davis, a Rivals250 member and the No. 2 player in the state of South Carolina. "I just wanted to have a good time and for the coaches to tell me where they see me fitting in in the program and how they feel they're going to use me next year."

What the 6-foot-3 , 194-pound Davis heard, both from coaches and players, fit precisely into what he's seeking in a program.

"Well, I mean the coaches were telling me that they've got two really good guys (Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers) who are probably going to leave this year coming out [for the NFL Draft], and they feel like they need some new guys coming in to learn and step in to fill their place," said Davis, an honor roll student who's had a qualifying test score since his junior year. "They feel like I can come in and make a big impact on the team if I just stay working hard in the weight room and come in in the summer."

Davis, who will publicly announce his choice Wednesday at noon at Gaffney High School, also said he made the most of his time with rising Vols sophomore safety Brian Randolph and other players.

"Brian, he's cool, he was a cool guy," Davis said. "J-Cole (Justin Coleman) and Trevarris (Saulsberry), we were all hanging together. The coaches were telling me they had 18 freshmen play last year, and they were letting me know that if I'm ready, they're going to put me in."

For Davis, that was music to his ears.

"Yeah, I love to hear freshmen getting to play. True freshmen? Yeah, I love it," he said. "I feel like I can just come in and make a big impact. Catch the ball and get open in space and make a big play."

A four-star prospect and Rivals250 member with a double-digit offer list, Davis said he plans to enroll in second session summer school at his college choice. His graduation from Gaffney High School is not until May 31, which is when some schools already have scheduled incoming freshmen to report.

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