Another one of the WPIAL’s top players in the Class of 2021 plans on making his college decision in the near future.
Four-star Gateway athlete Derrick Davis tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he plans on making his much anticipated college decision on November 14. Davis is ranked by both Rivals and 247 Sports as one of the Top 100 players in the Class of 2021.
The question becomes, without the luxury of making any official visits, which school will Davis select?
Speculation is that, from the start, both Penn State and Ohio State are very high, if not at the top of his list. However, Georgia, LSU, Clemson and even Pitt are also still believed to be in the running for this highly coveted player.
While Pitt is viewed and are probably a longshot for Davis, they have two things going for them. First, they already received commitments from three local 2021 WPIAL defensive stars in Central Catholic’s Elliot Donald, West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson and Baldwin’s Dorien Ford. Secondly, when Davis reduced his long list of offers down to seven schools back in July, the Gateway star had this to say to PSN about the draw of staying home and playing with guys like Donald, Johnson and Ford.
“That does catch my eye because the game of football isn’t a one man sport it’s a team sport,” said Davis. “For me, if Pitt is able to get those guys that would be a heck of a big deal. That would be really cool, to potentially play with three, four local kids like that. We’ve always had the dream of making it to the top, so yeah, that would be a really cool thing.”
The other thing that Pitt is emphasizing in their recruitment of Davis, is trying to sell him on the fact that he would get the chance to be a two-way player at Pitt. The coaches are telling him he’d have a similar role to Jordan Whitehead, when he starred for the Panthers as both a safety and running back.
It’s believed that Pitt is one of the few schools that are giving him the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball.
Pat Narduzzi and Pitt were the first school to offer Davis a scholarship following his freshman season at Gateway.