After a sophomore season at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ronnell Davis has established himself a legitimate college prospect. But he’s hoping a move to Middletown High School in Middletown, Delaware will serve him even better.
Davis, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound three-star athlete who will finish his high school career at Middletown, has picked up offers from West Virginia and Temple through his early college career, and while he doesn’t hold a Pitt offer quite yet, he’s built a strong bond with one particular coach at Pitt.
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In getting to know safeties coach Cory Sanders, learning a lot of good things about Pitt from Sanders, he’s been able to establish that initial bond. And after an initial connection began with a trip out to Pitt’s win over Clemson last October, he’s loved what he’s seen.
“It was definitely great, the experience was amazing,” Davis told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It was a place that I can really call home.”
While the conversation with Davis and Pitt isn’t super, super consistent, he’s had Sanders reach out to his new head coach at Middletown. The conversation was mainly about the new recruiting process at a new school, but Davis heard that he’s expected to just continue to build that relationship with Pitt down the line.
“(Pitt’s staff) likes my size and my range, my length and my ball skills,” Davis said. “Safety or corner. Tackling, and the way I can cover ground.”
Without an official offer from Pitt yet, Davis is remaining hopeful that the offer will come soon, but he will also be making an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh at the end of July or in early August. In addition to Pittsburgh, he’s also planned an unofficial visit schedule to a handful of North Carolina schools (North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Duke) at the end of the month. Additionally, he’s been hearing from Florida State.
But the Pitt offer would mean an awful lot, considering the bond he’s built with Sanders and the relationship he has with current Pitt commit, four-star defensive tackle, Jahsear Whittington.
“It would definitely mean a lot because a lot of my friends play there,” Davis said. “You know Jah Whitt, that would definitely be a big thing if I had the opportunity to play for them.”
When it comes to showing that he’s able to play with the likes of Whittington and compete as a recruit worthy of that Pitt offer, he’s solely focused on developing his game during his junior season at Middletown to showcase his ability as a strong, lockdown cornerback.
As a junior defensive back in 2021, Davis racked up 31 tackles, four pass breakups and an interception in coverage.
“Definitely just show I can play man coverage and show I can move very well,” Davis said about his goals at Middletown in 2023.
On3 rates Davis as the 65th-ranked safety and the 22nd-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania. Neither 247Sports nor Rivals has officially rated him yet, although he does hold a 5.5 Rivals Rating.