Thursday, Nov. 17 marks Al’dontre Davis’ 17th birthday, which at first, signaled the end of his recruitment. That has been put on hold, though.
The 3-star wide receiver from Lutcher (La.) High told SEC Country he would be choosing from Ole Miss, Texas A&M and LSU. That decision was becoming quite clear — until now.
Davis, a 6-foot, 190-pound do-it-all wide receiver and return specialist, is rated as the No. 24 overall recruit in Louisiana’s 2017 class. Overall, he’s listed as the No. 86 prospect at his position.
“I’m just going to wait a little bit more,” Davis told SEC Country, pinpointing January as his new target date for an announcement. He plans on taking his official visits first.
The three schools he was considering has at least two wide receiver commits in their 2017 class. Ole Miss recently added 3-star Texas WR RJ Sneed to its class, and as a result, has backed off its pursuit of Davis. LSU holds pledges from 4-star prospects Mannie Netherly and Jhamon Ausbon, and as a result, the communication with Davis has dwindled.
Texas A&M already has three wideouts entrenched in its class but continues to court Davis. Mississippi State has also increased its effort with the Louisiana product and cemented itself as a finalist late down the stretch.
Ole Miss was in the strongest position, but in recruiting, things can change. And do so rapidly.
Mississippi State has replaced Ole Miss as one of Davis’ top schools. The Bulldogs, who hosted Davis for their upset of A&M earlier in November, hold commitments from two wide receivers in their 2017 class. They remain in hot pursuit of wide receivers with senior Fred Ross slated to move on to the NFL and a need to pad their depth at the position.
Davis is best inclined to take all or most of his five of his official visits. He told SEC Country that both Mississippi State and Texas A&M will certainly receive visits this winter after his senior season comes to a close. Both Memphis and TCU are in the mix for official visits, too.
LSU is no longer a candidate for an official visit — but a lot will depend on Davis’ view of the program after it names a permanent head coach and where the team stands with its other top-shelf targets. For now, though, LSU is focused on other targets, and so is Davis.
The door has not fully closed, yet, because Davis will visit LSU for the Florida game on Saturday.
LSU’s pursuit of Davis, other WR
LSU fans might have been more keyed in on Davis during the spring, but the interest between the in-state standout and the Tigers has faded rapidly in recent months. LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig had recruited Davis while at Auburn and continued to do so when he arrived in Baton Rouge.
“When he was at Auburn he started recruiting me, then he offered me the next week (after joining LSU),” Davis recalled. “He says I’m a good player and he could use me in the facilities and as a resource in what they’re doing.”
However, it didn’t take long before Craig’s attention shifted and he began to prioritize courting 4-star Amite (La.) receiver DeVonta Smith. Immediately, Craig placed Smith atop of LSU’s wish list.
Secondly, Craig, area recruiter Jabbar Juluke and former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron made a full-fledged attempt to land 3-star New Orleans wideout Racey McMath. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound talent landed his offer during the June prospect camp and has received ample attention since.
McMath will commit when Edna Karr High’s season wraps up sometime in December. Smith’s decision will follow a few weeks later on National Signing Day. As it stands today, I’d confidently predict McMath winds up in LSU’s 2017 haul. It remains significantly more up in the air if the Tigers can also earn Smith’s signature.
More: LSU was forced to consider its other options after Davis failed to attend either one of the team’s prospect camps in June or July.
The Tigers recently came back into the picture this fall, when Davis told SEC Country he was a fan of the new-look offense being implemented. That’s the sort of style that Davis has thrived in at Lutcher and wants to play in at the next level.
Davis is both teammates and cousins with LSU 3-star athlete commit Jontre Kirklin, who is expected to transition to defensive back for the Tigers. Kirklin consistently hears from his position coach, Corey Raymond, but Davis’ communication with Craig teetered after the summer.
Davis attended LSU’s first home game against Jacksonville State in September but was not invited for the LSU-Alabama game on Nov. 5. According to a source, the 3-star wide receiver was no longer a priority recruit after the breakup in communication in the previous few months.
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