Following a strong junior and summer camp season, Grand Blanc (Mich.) Community defensive end Daniel Davis earned offers from nearly the entire MAC and Cincinnati and future FBS program Old Dominion. With the improvements Davis made this offseason, he is hoping it turns into his first Big Ten offer.
“I worked hard on my hand placement because the coaches at different colleges said I have great feet and great get off but had to work on my hands a little bit more,” Davis said. “It’s gotten a lot better because at this point it’s very hard for (offensive linemen) to block me. This year I’m bigger with better hands.”
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Davis has offers from every MAC program outside of Northern Illinois, Ohio and UMass, and he has drawn the attention of Big Ten programs Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Davis has seen Michigan State two times already this season, unofficially visiting for the Boise State game and unofficially visiting Central Michigan when it hosted the Spartans.
The Spartans are Davis’ favorite program.
“I’ve been around their program since I was a little kid and used to go to all the games,” he said. “My dad was a high school football coach for 24 years and coached Mateen Cleaves and some of the other players that came out of high school and went on to Michigan State.”
The Big Ten programs interested in Davis want to see him in person and his midseason highlight tape -- which he will send out next week -- before making judgment on an offer.
Of the programs to offer, Davis likes Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Toledo and Western Michigan, in no order. His first official visit will come this weekend to Toledo for its game against nearby rival Bowling Green. Davis has visited just about every program that has offered, so it won’t be his first time on Toledo’s campus.
“I really like Toledo. They’re definitely in my top five of schools. It’s a nice place and I love Coach [Matt] Campbell,” he said.
Davis hopes to make a decision by the end of October.