It’s an understatement to say ESPNU Watch List running back Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) was surprised when Oklahoma offered him a scholarship.
“It came out of the blue,” Davis said. “In November, my coach pulled me out of class and told me Coach [Cale] Gundy from Oklahoma had called to give me a full ride. I was so excited with that being my first offer. It was unexpected because I’d never talked to him before.
“Oklahoma? I never would have thought they would be my first offer.”
The Sooners' early offer was a sign that the 6-foot, 195-pound running back was a special talent.
“That immediately told me what type of player other people think I am,” Davis said. “I have my evaluation of myself but it really counts what other people think and it showed a lot that Oklahoma offered me.”
Several other schools have followed suit with offers including USC, California, Michigan, Nebraska, Washington and others rolling in since November.
OU joins Cal, Washington and USC as the schools recruiting Davis the hardest and Gundy already has made an impact with the junior.
“He’s a really cool guy and he’s definitely excited about me,” Davis said. “The first chance he got, he flew out here and that showed me a lot. He’s a cool guy, very relatable.”
Gundy told Davis that he is an every-down back, thanks to his size, speed and versatility.
“He thinks I fit perfectly in their offense,” Davis said. “He points out my size and combination of power and speed; he really likes that.”
Since the Sooners were among the first schools to offer, they immediately piqued his interest.
“They’re pretty high right now,” Davis said. “I’m probably not going to take an unofficial but I’ll take an official in the fall and check Oklahoma out.”