Recruiting is on the rise for Encino (Calif.) Crespi linebacker Ray Davison, who picked up two new…
'Ready to work, hard hat and lunch pail'
As a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, Davison had 50 total tackles and 8 sacks last season.
"When I play defensive end I'm more of a speed rush guy but I kind of have the speed and strength to handle the bigger lineman," Davison said. "I'm a big outside linebacker that's pretty quick, can make plays, interceptions."
The 6-foot-3 and 215-pound pass rusher will be looking to pack on additional muscle this summer to make himself more of a dominant player.
"Just getting stronger, putting on more weight," Davison said. "The bigger I get, faster I get; the more I'll probably get recruited. That's my thing, not an undersized defensive end but one of the smaller ones. If I get bigger and stronger, it will only make me look and play better. If I can get to 225, we will be working with something."
That type of work ethic paid huge dividends from his sophomore to junior year.
"I did pretty well," Davison said. "I was sort of under the radar because my sophomore year I was behind two premier defensive ends [Ronald Ussery and Reggie Coates]. So when I came my junior year, worked out almost every day over the summer, packed on a lot of weight, got significantly stronger. I surprised a lot of people. I lead the team in sacks, just had a really good year."
Next season, Davison has set expectations for himself high but even higher for his team.
"I want to lead the league in sacks, hopefully lead the league in tackles," Davison said. "But the ultimate goal is to get a ring. My team needs to win a ring, that's the goal."
As of recruiting, SDSU running backs coach Jeff Horton visited one of Crespi's spring football practices last week.
"He said we would stay in contact and tonight [last night] they offered me," Davison said. "He likes how I practice. Sees me playing the outside linebacker position. Said I work hard, likes the drills my defensive line coach was having us go through and that I would fit well in their program."
Davison couldn't sound happier about receiving his first high major offer.
"It felt great," Davison said. "I was telling my sister, jumping all around the house, just exciting with the whole recruiting process. Makes me want to work hard, work even harder."
What stands out about SDSU?
"It's a pretty good school, has a good football team," Davison said. "My sister goes down to college in San Diego so I'm familiar with the area but I don't know that much about the school."
"I like coach Horton," Davison said. "He seems like a good coach. It was interesting talking to him, seemed like a good guy and a good coach."
How would you fit into the Aztecs 3-3-5?
"I would be that outside linebacker that would be either strong or weak in the 3-3 set," Davison said.
What he could bring to the Aztecs?
"I'm just a player that's ready to work, hard hat and lunch pail," Davison said.
The end rusher plans on visiting SDSU sometime during the summer, no exact date set yet.
"They said I should probably go down for a visit, show me the whole academic deal, look at the facilities, meet the coaches and the players," Davison said.
Davison has also received offers from Navy and South Dakota. He has gained interest from Stanford, Utah, Colorado, UCLA, Nevada, Boise State and most of the Ivy League.
As for what deciding factors will help Davison come to a college decision.
"Definitely great academics, great sports," Davison said. "Just a good social community, place I can see myself fitting into, just a good environment."
The 3.4 GPA student states he has no dream school but admits he hopes to receive an offer from Stanford.
Davison also plays basketball and participates in the field events for track and field.
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