October 9, 2011

Davis having huge senior season

Every year in Ohio there are senior football prospects that step up and put up huge numbers in their final seasons. This season, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman wide receiver Marcus Davis would certainly fall into the category. Through six games, Davis accumulated 680 yards of receiving and six touchdowns on 43 catches to go along with three punt returns for touchdowns. Davis added a handful of catches on Friday night, not including a touchdown that was called back, in a big 20-10 win over Hilliard Darby.

"I think our defense really stepped up there in the second half," said Davis after the game. "Offensively, we're going to have to get some things together. I think we just stepped up as a team and made the plays we had to make."

Coffman is now 7-0 on the season and sitting pretty for a home playoff game, however things weren't always pretty on Friday night as the Shamrocks trailed 10-7 at halftime before turning things up in the second half.

"They did a great job in the first half of just keeping us off the field," he said. "I think in the first half we only ran like 13 plays. Our defense just stepped up and gave us the ball back and then coming out of halftime we were able to drive and get a touchdown to start it off."

Davis had some great battles with one of Ohio's top juniors in Darby athlete Caleb Day. Davis and Day matched up on both sides of the football with each player winning some individual battles. Davis is no stranger to competition having put himself out there at some top camps throughout the spring and summer and said he thrives on playing against other elite players.

"Caleb is a great player, it was a good match-up," he said. "Good competition brings out the best in both of us so I was just happy to get a chance to compete against someone of that caliber."

Things are about to get difficult for Davis and company, however, as they hit the road this week and face rival Hilliard Davidson. Davidson is also undefeated on the season, and the game will have a major impact on playoff seeding.

"Darby was a great team and Davidson is a great team," he said. "I think we just can't come out and struggle early like we did (against Darby). We just need to fix a couple of things on both sides of the ball and we should be able to get something going."

On the recruiting front, Davis said he has put most of that to the side as he focuses on a potential playoff run for his team. Still, Davis is hearing from a variety of programs from around the Midwest as well as the Ivy League. One of the programs showing the most interest right now is Kent State.

"Right now just a lot of MAC and Ivy League schools (are showing interest)," he said. "Marcus Freeman and coach (Darrell) Hazell at Kent State I pretty much talk to them every week. I think we're close to getting something done there (in terms of an offer) but right now I'm just trying to handle the stuff with my team and then we'll see what happens after that."

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