ORLANDO — IMG Academy athlete Drake Davis was the third player to announce his college commitment Saturday at the Under-Armour All-America Game, picking Louisiana State.
Named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA first-team offense as an athlete/specialist, Davis opted for LSU over Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Alabama. He is ranked as the No. 13 wide receiver by ESPN.
Davis is a Mississippi native, but also played high school football in Louisiana and Virginia before going to IMG this season and returning to football. He did not play football as a junior instead opting for soccer as a junior in Virginia.
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There were indications that he would announce earlier this season, but he opted to wait. He visited LSU in November and December.
“I’ll be returning to the boot baby, LSU,” Davis said. “I love football and I love everything about it.”
LSU now has 14 commits who are among the ESPN 300, the most in the nation, and is making a bid for the top overall class. Ole Miss currently has the lead in the ESPN rankings.
Davis said he would also like to play basketball in Baton Rouge.
Rahshaun Smith to Clemson
Smith, the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation according to ESPN, stuck with Clemson after initially decommitting.
“For the next four years, I’m all in, baby,” Smith said. “I’ve been there plenty of times. I loved it from the first time I’ve been there.” He said with the coaching staff, Clemson “will be the best place to develop” him.
Smith, who played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., initially attended St. Francis in Maryland.
“This is one of the biggest moments of my life,” he said. “I’m definitely grateful. I get on my days every day and pray. Going from where I came from to where I am today, it’s been a long journey.”
Smith chose Clemson over Alabama and LSU.
Terrance Davis to Maryland
DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive guard Terrance Davis was the second player to announce his college commitment, staying close to home by selecting Maryland.
“The recruiting process has been fun, but it has to come to an end,” said the 6-4, 315-pound senior. “I’ll be taking my talents for the next four years at the University of Maryland.”
Davis is another key recruit in what Maryland has called the “DMV Movement” with keeping players from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia in their home area. He also becomes another key commit for new coach DJ Durkin.
“When I first met him, you can see the level of energy,” Davis said. “I love where he’s going with the program.”
Davis said that Bullis (Potomac, Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who has been a Maryland commit and was a quarterback for Team Highlight on Saturday, can’t change his mind now.
“I told him, once I commit, it’s a wrap for him,” Davis said. “You’re not taking any more official (visits).”
Devwah Whaley to Arkansas
The first player to commit was Devwah Whaley from Central (Beaumont, Texas), who committed to Arkansas just before the game.
“I felt like it was the best place for me,” Whaley said. “It was the best fit all-around with a great coaching staff. That’s the place for me to earn my degree and get to the next level.”
Whaley had been a Georgia commit but backed away after Mark Richt’s departure. He made reference to the process before his commitment, saying, “It’s been a long journey and now it’s time to finish it.”
The 6-foot, 195-pound running back ran for more than 1,500 yards and had 21 touchdowns this past season. He is listed as the No. 49 recruit in the 2016 class in the ESPN 300 and the No. 3 running back. He’s the highest-ranked Arkansas running back recruit since the ESPN 300 listings began in 2006.
Jean Delance to Texas
North Mesquite (Texas) offensive tackle Jean Delance, the No. 8 OT in the class, committed to Texas, staying in his home state. He is the first among the 25 top-ranked in-state players to commit to the Longhorns.
Delance was joined by his family at the announcement, including his grandmother. Delance said being able to stay closer to his family was a factor in his decision.
“I want to be the biggest thing that I can be and make them all proud,” Delance said.
Delance had previously committed to Oklahoma but decommitted last spring.