It’s not typical for high school freshman to receive scholarship offers from Power Five football programs.
However, when they do, that player must be special which is the case with Gateway’s Derrick Davis.
Tonight, Davis revealed that he received his first offer and it was from Pat Narduzzi and Pitt. Shortly after making this public, PSN spoke with Davis about the big news.
“It was just amazing and it was shocking too. It’s shocking because of how young I am. It’s just flat-out crazy,” said Davis.
What’s it like to receive an offer and bring only in 9th grade?
”I’m trying to handle everything good. I’m just very motivated and am going to keep my head right. I’m not going to feed into the hype. My coaches, family and people in the community are reminding me to keep my grades up and to make sure I’m doing the right things.”
As far as the offer goes, it didn’t actually happen tonight. Davis received the offer from Pat Narduzzi himself after the North Carolina game on Thursday.
”Thursday I went to the game and after the game went to Coach Narduzzi’s office and we talked and he gave me the offer,” said Davis.
“He told me they liked everything they’ve seen from me on film. He said I’m still a baby and still have a lot to work on but they really like what they’ve seen so far.”
Davis (6-foot-2, 180-pounds) tells PSN that Pitt offered him as an athlete. With him being so young, it’s not yet known which position he’ll play in college because he has the talent to play either offense or defense.
What does Davis feel his biggest strengths are?
”Running the ball, my vision, speed and my strength.”
When I asked Davis his thoughts on Pitt, one thing that he mentioned was that Narduzzi was the former defensive coordinator of former Gateway and Michigan State star Montae Nicholson.
Get ready to be hearing the name Derrick Davis.
The Sports Now network is growing! Check out our new site PittsburghHockeyNow.com for the best Pittsburgh Penguins news and opinion.