Lackawanna College offensive tackle Chase Brown officially faxed in his letter of intent to play football at the University of Pittsburgh this week. It appears that Brown won’t be the only Falcon to sign with the Panthers. Friday night, 6-foot-3 inch, 330 pound center / guard Devon Davis announced he will be joining the Pitt football program as a preferred walk-on.
“I visited over summer with (2018 Pitt commit) Chase Brown. We visited Pitt together,” said Davis. “I met with Coach John Peterson at that time. He came to Lackawanna Junior College and started recruiting us but I got hurt in spring ball and he couldn’t see me play. It hurt my recruitment. He still wanted me to come up to campus and see Pitt. I fell in love with it the second I got on campus.”
Davis is projected to play center or guard at Pitt. He’s started 10 games at center and another 10 games at guard in junior college. “I can play anywhere in the cylinder where they need me. I can play center or guard,” he said. “I pride myself in knowing the playbook so I if they need me to play anywhere in the interior, I can be that guy.”
When asked about his strengths as an offensive lineman, he stated, “I pride myself on technique. I came in out of high school and I’ve always tried to listen to coaches and be the most coachable player I could be. I have a lot technique and big guy that can move in open space. If you look at the first couple clips of my highlight tape, it’s me knocking down a safety. I’ll take anything that can get me pulling out in open space. I love to make blocks like that.”
Davis broke his fibula and tore a ligament in ankle the first day of spring ball. He was sidelined for four to five months. The injury occurred during the heart of recruiting season and impacted the recruiting process. “Schools were coming to our school to talk with players and I was stuck in a boot,” he said. “I really couldn’t show coaches what I could do. Pitt has given me a chance and I think it’s great.”
Davis was asked about playing with his Lackawanna teammate Chase Brown and he emphatically stated, “Chase is one of my best friends. The second he moved to Lackawanna we just clicked right away. I have started probably 20 games next to Chase so we have a chemistry on the field that you can’t replace.”
Davis and Brown will room together at Pitt. Both will be mid-year transfers and join the Pitt program in early January. Pitt recently started to pursue another Lackawanna prospect, 2019 offensive tackle Anthony Whigan (6-foot-5 inches, 290 pounds).
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