[Also: Tim Sullivan from mgoblog was good enough to post his evaluation of Davis--with lots of good information--here. --LVS.]
Detroit Southeastern linebacker Ed Davis became the 12th member of MSU's 2011 recruiting class earlier today. Bullets:
- 6'3", 215. (Rivals has him listed at 6'4", and Scout has him at 208 pounds, FWIW.) 4.5 40, 37 inch vertical.
- Rivals: 3 stars, #19 prospect in Michigan.
- Scout: 3 stars, #40 outside linebacker nationally.
- ESPN: 3 stars, 77 rating.
- Last season: 81 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception.
- Offers from Michigan, Iowa, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and a host of MAC schools. RCMB stalking thread here.
Iowa and Michigan vigorously sought Davis's services, but he's been considered likely MSU player from the get-go. Relevant quote upon signing today: "Every time I went up to East Lansing, I felt comfortable. I know if I go there I have a good chance to go to the [NFL] and get a good education." Davis was a high school teammate of Will Gholston, who may have nudged the decision along: "Davis said Gholston being at MSU influenced his decision a little bit, but he added, 'It was my decision. It's my life.'"
As for his actual playing ability, Allen Trieu at at Spartan Digest says:
Excellent athlete who runs and covers like a defensive back. Changes directions well, has very good ball skills, as well as coverage awareness. Quickness and speed makes him dangerous as a blitzer and edge rusher, although he will need to add strength to continue to do that in college. In general, he needs to add weight, and bulk, which will help him take on and shed blockers.
That he's "dangerous as a blitzer" is borne out by his stats: Davis had 13.5 sacks in 10 games for for Southeastern last season, and 81 tackles overall. 215 pounds seems a bit slight for a 6'4" linebacker frame; surely addressing this will be a priority once he gets to MSU.
Davis's size and speed scream "3-4 outside linebacker," and that's almost certainly what he'll be in East Lansing. MSU should have excellent depth at middle linebacker, with Max Bullough, Lawrence Thomas, Steve Gardiner, and TyQuan Hammock (still love typing that name). Davis's commitment ensures quality on the outside as well, as he'll join Chris Norman, Denicos Allen, Taiwan Jones, and possibly Gholtson. Rest assured that MSU will have a fearsome linebacking corps long after Greg Jones heads to the NFL.