Top recruit picks Stanford over Florida
Published: Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
THE VILLAGES – The nation’s top-rated outside linebacker is headed to Palo Alto, Calif.
Noor Davis, The Villages Charter School’s first Division-I recruit, announced his decision in front of a packed house at Friday afternoon’s ceremony in the school cafeteria. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete -- who held scholarship offers from more than 30 BCS colleges -- had narrowed his extensive list to Florida, Alabama, Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Stanford prior to his commitment.
In the end, though, it was Stanford’s academic reputation that sealed it for Davis, who is a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 4.3 GPA.
“I just feel like there was no better place where I could further my education than a world-class school like Stanford,” Davis said. “Also, when they came in No. 4 in the nation in football I felt like it was a perfect fit for me, both academically and athletically.
“I feel like this is the best decision for me for the rest of my life.”
Davis is rated a four-star recruit and ranked as the country’s No. 30 overall prospect according to recruiting service Rivals.com.
He finished his junior season with 101 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, five pass deflections and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Buffalo.
The verbal commitment by Davis is non-binding. The class of 2012 can't officially sign with colleges until next February.
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