Claude Davis Profile
USFNation.com: How does
it feel now that all the signing day hype is past?
Claude Davis: I love it, I feel good about myself. I feel like I made the
right choice by signing with USF over Toledo, Michigan State, or Louisville.
Then I'd be out of state, and probably get home sick and all. The other
schools were nice, but they were not like USF. I feel like big things are going
to happen here.
USFN: Why did you choose USF?
Davis: USF is a team that has lots of potential, I also really like the
coaches and it's close to home so my friends and family can see me play. A
player of my caliber, I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I'd like to
see the field a couple of times during the season if not start as a freshmen.
The coaching staff there is straight, they have always been up front with me and
I love that about them.
USFN: What are some of the things that you like about USF?
Davis: Everything, I've loved it since the first camp I went to. I like
the coaches, the players, and the campus. This is the perfect situation for me.
Also, I have a chance to play early. It's all up to me, how much weight I can
put on and how well I do when I come in there. I'll be spending a lot of time
training and preparing and stuff for when I get there this summer.
USFN: Have you been training hard since the season ended?
Davis: Yeah, I'm doing good I've been training on the
program that coach McKeefery sent me. I like it, and think I look good, I look
big and I'm up to 231.5 pounds now. During the season I was like 220-225. My
body size is definitely bigger, I don't know about my footwork yet, because I
haven't done as much conditioning and speed stuff, but as far as strength
stuff, I'm stronger, bigger, and my body tone is there. I'm benching 345
pounds now. I was benching 315 during the season.
USFN: Have you been following the Bulls this season?
Davis: You know I have. I went to a lot of games and watched
every one that I could on TV
USFN: How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Davis: USF has been recruiting me since my junior year and
going into the spring. Coach Burnham, I saw him first, and then coach Leavitt
came out to my school twice. Then I went over to the school during the summer a
couple of times and sat down with coach Clark when he was there. They have been
recruiting me for a while.
Have you met the new defensive line coach McCarney yet?
I know about coach McCarney because Iowa State
offered me too, and I talked to him a couple of times. We know of each other but
haven't met yet, and I'm looking forward to doing that. He coached Iowa State
USFN: Which coach made the biggest impression on you during your
Davis: Coach Burnham and coach Leavitt, I like coach Leavitt's
mentality, and his attitude and stuff. That guy is real positive. He's very
outgoing, and that's the kind of coach that I like a lot because basically
I'm going to be psyched, you know what I'm saying. To me being around that
energy I know that if he's got that energy then I'm going to get energy.
Hopefully I can help the team chemistry and energy and were going to make some
USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Davis: Yeah I know a whole lot of players there.
USFN: What position are the Bulls recruiting you for, and do you play
any other positions?
Davis: They're recruiting me for defensive end. My freshmen year I played
wide receiver, then my sophomore year I played tight end and last year I played
mostly defensive end with a little tight end.
USFN: Do you like playing
Davis: It was fun but it was kind of easy. Centers are kind of slow, and
I'm a speedy guy, so make a move on him real fast. It was a challenge but it
wasn't a challenge.
USFN: You really seemed to get noticed this, what was the reason?
Davis: Last year was my first year playing varsity so I was still
learning. I was playing on what I already learned and playing on what I was
learning. I really wasn't at that aggressive level. I'm an aggressive
player, but I was new. After that first year of varsity I worked hard over the
summer, and because of my play I had better opportunities my senior year that I
didn't have my junior.
USFN: What type of a defense do you like to run the most?
Davis: We ran a 4-3, so that's what I'm used to. Usually if I'm not
doing stunts or something I'm just free on the outside to make plays. I
usually play D-end or D-tackle. On third along situations we'd go to a
3-5 and I'd line up at nose tackle just so I could beat the center. I play
inside and outside, and some plays I'd drop back to linebacker so I did a lot
USFN: What type of offense do you like to see when you get to the
Davis: Well in high school we face a lot of winged- t, I-formation, one
back, the hardest we faced was Riverview they had like double tight end, wing
two with two wings, it was crazy.
Do have a favorite play that you like to run?
We had a play called read slice where I'm on the outside,
then I bump up into a head up with a tackle or a tight end, and give them an
inside move. Definitely most of my tackles for a loss or sacks came on that play
USFN: Do you have a favorite move?
Davis: My favorite move is the where I line up on the outside, then rush
real hard and then I do a stutter step to the outside wait for the tackle
or tight end to open their shoulders, and then I come underneath. Because
they're opening their shoulders to me, it's wide open. Then, I'm either
sacking the quarterback or I'm bringing a running back or a full back down.
USFN: Is there a play that catches people off guard?
Davis: Yeah, I use a spin
move. I'll ride the tackle or tight end all the way to the QB level and then
spin on him. You got to play it smart, but you can get them with it. If you know
the game then it's like taking candy from a baby. But you got to come to the
line with a move whether it's a bull rush or push pull or what ever. You got
to watch the lineman and do what you got to do.
USFN: Do you enjoy playing special teams?
Davis: I played on every special team play. On field goal I played
tight end, and on punt return and kick return, I played second wall, on kick off
coverage I was on the line too.
USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player?
Davis: My upper body mostly, I got long arms and
I got big hands, so its hard for an a tight end or a tackle to get their hands
on me. But once I get my hands on you, then forget about it, you're going to
be in trouble.
USFN: Is there anything that you would like to work on as a player?
Davis: Yeah I want to
get a little faster. I run a 4.6-4.7 and I want to get down to a 4.5 or a 4.4,
then I know what I don't make up for in size at USF, I'll make up for in
speed. My footwork is good. I just want to work on my speed.
USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
Davis: My Favorite thing to do? Oh yeah, the quarterback sack, that is
the best feeling.
USFN: What is the perfect play to you?
Davis: Getting a sack and
the fumble is big. Especially if their not looking and you hit them in the back
and blindside them. Man, that pumps me up. Then if you can get a scoop and
score, it looks even pretty then. Then
everybody is like oh yeah he's a ball player.
USFN: What is your most memorable moment on the field?
Davis: When I was growing up I was terrible at football. I was good
at basketball but terrible at football. I was like 14 and the coach said he had
a $25.00 play for me, and I broke for like 50 yards and when I ran into the end
zone I turned around to celebrate and I fell down. I still remember that to this
Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you
model your game after?
I say sort of like Dwight Freeney
with a little Julius Pepper
mixed in. Those are two NFL players that look up to. I watched a lot of games
that they played in, and that's who I want to be like.
What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
I'm 6'4, and about 231 pounds right now, I been running a
4.7, my fastest is a 4.65, but I'm working on getting it down
USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Davis: I run track, I do high jump, my highest is like a 6'2,
I also long jump and run the hurdles.
USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to
Davis: I Run a lot, and stadium runs and rout running. That and
sticking to the program that USF gave me.
USFN: Do they have any problems redshirting?
Davis: No I don't have a problem with it, I'm not looking forward to
it, but if that's what I have to do then I'll do it. It's going to do
nothing but help me. I'm not planning on it, but if I do then next year I'll
be that much better. It's like Matt came in and redshirted, came back real
strong and it worked out good.
USFN: What do they plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Davis: I want to get my degree, and then go pro, that's my goals.
Getting my education, and then improve myself as a player then get to the NFL
combine. USF has got talent, we may not be as known as some other schools, but
we got talent. I also feel real good about this incoming class. I been checking
USFNation a lot, we got a real strong class. Mike ford, he's a beast.
There's a lot of great talent. I think it's close to Florida, but they got
more 5 star guys.
USFN: What three things come to your head when I say USF?
Davis: I think Potential,
great coaching staff, great players.
USFN: What team are they most looking forward to playing against in the
next 4 years?
Davis: I'm looking forward to Louisville, because one of my
teammates Bilal Powell went there, and they recruited me too. Also I'm looking
forward to sacking Mr. Brohm, because when I was on my visit he was talking some
smack to me.
USFN: How are your grades, how are you toward qualifying.
Davis: I got a 2.45 GPA, and I got a 16 the last time I took the
test, but I need a 17, and I'm waiting on my last scores, I should be straight
USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Davis: Oh. I'm real excited, I'm at USF, or will be and look at
where were this team is going. If we win all are conference games next year then
we go to a BCS bowl. I mean we just won the PapaJohns bowl, that's two bowl
games in our first two years in the Big East, and you can't beat that,
that's not bad at all. I can't wait.
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Claude Davis was The Bulls first commit of '07 and at 6'4-230 pounds the All-State defensive end was also one of the hottest prospects in the state. In todays exclusive interview find all about what type of a player he is, what he wants to accomplish at USF, and much more. Only on USFNation.com! Get it First, Get it Fast!