One weekend of official visits is down and another big one is coming up in just a few days, but the Syracuse University coaching staff isn’t taking any time off. This week, the coaches are out on the road, including secondary coach Nick Monroe once again hitting Florida, and the offers are continuing to go out for not just the class of 2016, but also 2017 and 2018. This morning, Monroe offered five teammates from Miami Southridge in the class of 2017, including cornerback Shawn Davis.
Davis is a young corner with good size at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, and along with his teammates Brandon James, Nadarius Fagan, Billy Gibson, and Rodney Scott, he earned a verbal offer from the Orange. So far, early indications are that Davis is definitely intrigued by Syracuse. Of course the Orange weren’t the only school to take an interest in him this morning, as USC also extended an offer to the talented cover corner.
That makes three offers so far for Davis, who received his first offer from Temple. Davis is a good looking corner with the kind of size Dino Babers and his staff covet at the cornerback position, and he shows plenty of ability in his highlights. He does a nice job keeping his eyes up and reading the quarterback, repeatedly making good, instinctive breaks on the ball to either come away with an interception or break up the pass. One of the more impressive plays on his highlights begins at the 1:24 mark, when he starts the play covering one receiver before reading the quarterback and making a break on another, wide open receiver and breaking up what would have otherwise been a huge gain.
Davis also shows a nice ability to jam receivers at the line and doesn’t show much fear when it comes to coming up and making tackles at the line of scrimmage, but make no mistake, he’s clearly a cover corner, something Syracuse has been searching for high and low for awhile. The Orange have some solid young corners in Juwan Dowels and Cordell Hudson, and Corey Winfield flashes real ability, but it’s been awhile since Syracuse’s secondary featured a true lockdown corner. Davis looks like he’s got the potential to develop into exactly that.
Davis has played safety and cornerback in his career, but his cover skills have allowed him to transition to corner and his anticipation makes it clear where he will almost certainly play at the next level. He’s definitely going to be a player to watch for the Orange as the 2017 recruiting cycle really kicks into gear starting in about a month.