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Former Gateway Star/LSU Safety Derrick Davis, Jr. Enters Transfer Portal

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Another former WPIAL star has decided to move on from his original school and enter the transfer portal.

Former Gateway 4-star defensive back/running back Derrick Davis announced on Twitter that he was leaving LSU. It should be noted that current LSU head coach Brian Kelly wasn’t in charge when Davis committed there.

Davis, who was a standout running back, linebacker and defensive back during his time at Gateway High, settled into a safety role at LSU. But he wasn’t afforded many chances during his tenure as a Tiger — recording just 47 defensive snaps over six games, including 27 as a sophomore this season.

He recorded six tackles (two solo) during his time at LSU.

“First of all, I want to thank God, not only for the opportunity to play college football, but also to play it at LSU. I would like to show my gratitude to every coach on our coaching staff for the opportunities they have presented to me., specifically to Coach Brian Kelly and Coach Frank for always believing in me. To my teammates who are my forever brothers, I would like to express my appreciation to every one of you for the years we have spent together. After discussing with my family and those closest to me, I will be entering the transfer portal with 3 more years of eligibility. My recruitment is 100% open. I have not committed anywhere.”

Davis mentioned that he hadn’t committed anywhere because it was reported tonight on 247 Sports that Davis had committed to Pitt. According to Davis, that is not the case.

Prior to originally selecting LSU, Davis other two finalists were Penn State and Ohio, with Pitt and Georgia originally in his top five.

Last week, former Beaver Falls running back/defensive end Josh Hough (Syracuse), Penn Hills wide receiver Dante Cephas and Peters Township safety Donovan McMillan (Florida) also entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Pittband
Pittband
1 month ago

MJ seems happy with his decision to come home.

Giovanni
Giovanni
1 month ago

Bring him home, Pitt coaches. Davis can star at Pitt and have a solid conduit to the NFL (ala Revis) instead of getting lost in the sauce of high profile schools overcrowded with 4 & 5-star recruits.

Last edited 1 month ago by Giovanni
kevin
kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  Giovanni

AGREED!!! I’m not sure why these local athletes think they will be different. PLEASE see the trend at these other program. You are just another number there, and your chances of starting are very low your first few years. Come to Pitt, see what you can do on the field, and be seen! Plus have the 412 fans behind you every step of the way.
H2P!!!

Dixon
Dixon
1 month ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Yes, Pitt should have a billboard at their Southside facility with side by side photos of Tyler Boyd and Robert Foster with the caption “which wipal star made the better choice”.

SouthSide412
1 month ago
Reply to  Dixon

I still think about a duo of Boyd and Foster at WR! That may have attracted better QB prospects as well!

SouthSide412
1 month ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Davis over Mcmillon everyday of the week! I understand why some of these guys would want to go to those schools but they have to know the odds are gonna be stacked against them! The transfer portal makes it an easier decision to go see if they can lock down a spot in a year or 2, if not, just transfer! I remember Andrew Johnson (who i didnt think was that good, just extremely fast) going to Miami just to end up in the MAC 3-4-5 years later!

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