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While Mark Stoops isn’t content with just having Kentucky positioned well with 2014 recruits. The Kentucky coach also wants the nation’s best 2015 recruits to know he’s paying attention.
Kentucky has offered Mount Dora, Fla., cornerback Von Davis, a sophomore, a scholarship. It was the first offer for the 6-0, 175-pound Davis but won’t be his last as Florida, Florida State, Louisville and South Carolina are just some of the schools also interested in Davis.
“It was a huge surprise to get the Kentucky offer,” said Davis. “To have my first offer from a SEC school, I was shocked. I don’t really know much about Kentucky football. I’ve seen them play on TV. I’ve actually watched their basketball team and stuff more. I don’t know that much yet about the football, but I will.”
Davis started both ways as a freshman last season. He caught 29 passes for 630 yards and five touchdowns and had 35 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and also starts on the basketball team.
“I played receiver, quarterback, defensive back. Kentucky likes me at cornerback,” Davis said. “I’ve heard how Mark Stoops is going to improve Kentucky. It will always mean a lot to me that Kentucky was my first offer. I will always have them right there. They are the first to offer. Without them, other schools might not even be looking at me.
“I hope for more offers. I will just sit back now and see what happens. I am pretty sure other offers will come now that I have one SEC offer.”
Davis said Kentucky coaches plan to visit soon to watch him during spring practice, and he expects that to only add to the excitement about his offer.
“A lot of people have given me shout-outs on Facebook and Twitter. My family is pretty excited, but they told me not to settle just for one offer. They want to make sure I keep working,” Davis said.
Davis knows playing two sports is fun in high school, but he knows Kentucky basketball is a whole different level.
“I am pretty good in basketball, but not good enough for Kentucky basketball,” Davis laughed and said. “I know a lot about Kentucky basketball. That is my favorite team. The organization is always winning under (John) Calipari and he gets top recruits every year and has the best SEC team.”