24 July 2011
That sound you heard this afternoon was Panther fans everywhere breathing a sigh of relief as Pitt finally picked up a heralded recruit for 2012. And not just one:
Wide receivers Demitrious Davis and Chris Davis of Austintown Fitch (Ohio) High School said they told Pitt coach Todd Graham two weeks ago that they chose the Panthers over their 20 other offers. They made the announcement Sunday to a crowd of 100 family and friends at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown.
Demitrious Davis, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, plays quarterback and cornerback at Austintown and is the 29th-ranked wide receiver in the nation, according to rivals.com.
Chris Davis, 5-9 1/2, 190, is ranked 63rd and plays slot receiver and cornerback. Both players are rated three-star recruits by rivals.
So much for not having any commits with exciting offers: The Davis twins had offers from the likes of Arkansas, Oregon, Iowa, Colorado, Purdue, UCLA and West Virginia. That certainly sounds more impressive than just beating out Toledo for a kid (although they both did have offers from the Rockets of the MAC). Judging from their offer lists, they seem to be evaluated as "national" recruits, but a shade under elite without offers from local powers Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame.
Rivals ranks both as three star prospects with Demitrious being listed as an athlete and Chris as a receiver. ESPN is a little higher on Demitrious (four star) and lower on Chris (two star). The knock on them seems to be size, and in Demitrious' case, that's the only one:
This guy is an absolute nightmare to deal with at the high school level as a dual-threat, run first quarterback that will likely move to cornerback or slot receiver at the next level. He is dramatically undersized or he would be a national recruit as both an ATH and dual-threat QB because he throws the ball surprisingly well. He is a short prospect, but can flat out run. He is a blur of an athlete in space. Displays rapid acceleration, supreme top end speed and moves like a jack rabbit laterally. He has a low center of gravity, can jump cut, shows excellent vision with sharp cuts to exploit the cutback lane. He is the ideal zone runner and could be a spread offense utility back. He explodes through tiny creases in-line and once at the second level he is a homerun threat that can take it the distance. Will win most, if not all footraces at this level. He has such explosive short area quickness that he will get corralled, but will squirt loose when you think he is dead in his tracks. Obviously with Davis his size is a concern. He lacks power and bulk and we would be concerned about him as a fulltime back although his skill set certainly lends to him being capable if used correctly. He would be a pinball if he took direct shots and although he has great balance and agility, we are not convinced he wouldn't go down easily in a crowd. This is why, even though he is short his gifts would lend to him having real man-to-man cover skills on defense and if Davis stays on offense he would need to be in space to maximize his talents. His blend of speed and quickness is among the best this class has to offer. Size may be a limitation and you know it up front.
From their highlight videos (below the fold), both players look to have really high-end speed. Demitirious is very impressive as a dual-threat QB for Austintown Fitch, slipping through defenders' fingers in the backfield and then taking off with impressive speed. Chirs returned kicks for Austintown Fitch and has some speed and elusiveness of his own.
Welcome aboard gentlemen.
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