Defensive back Derius Davis is starting to see his recruitment take off. Davis has been in communication with several SEC schools this month and Tuesday got his first offer from the conference when Tennessee extended a scholarship opportunity to him.
“It kind of surprised me,” Davis said. “I have ben talking to them for a couple of weeks. Surprised me because it was my first SEC offer.”
Davis has been talking to area recruiter Robert Gillespie for a while and he's also talked with new Vols' defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.
“Tennessee likes my explosiveness and speed,” Davis explained. “They said with my size they like how I play physical and they like my style of play.
“When I was talking to coach Warren, he said he wants me as a cornerback. He likes my speed and the way I'm physical at the line of scrimmage and come out of my breaks.”
The 5-foot-9, 165 pound defensive back who also plays receiver is learning more about the Vols thanks to his 7-on-7 coach.
“I am playing for the 'Bootleggers' and coach (J.J.) McCleskey,” Davis said. “I'm also training with him.
The St. Francisville, Louisiana native has seen the Vols play a couple of times and would like to see the Vols this summer.
“Tennessee is definitely one I want to see, J.J. says it's a great place,” Davis offered.
In addition to the Vols, Davis has offers from TCU and Kansas State. He's also frequently speaking with LSU and Vanderbilt.
In addition to seeing the Vols this summer, Davis also hopes to see Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt and he has an idea of what he's looking for in a school.
“I'm looking for a school that can develop me as a player and better me as a man," he said. "Getting a good education is important and I want a place that will prepare me for life outside of football.”