There was a time when it appeared as if Drake Davis was going to be competing somewhere other than LSU next fall.
In fact, that seemed like the case multiple times throughout the recruiting process, as the four-star wide receiver had appeared to be leaning toward Ole Miss early on and perhaps favoring Alabama after making his commitment.
But that was all an act.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Baton Rouge, La., native had his heart set on his hometown Tigers from the very start. In fact, he can recall the moment he decided on LSU and explained why he kept it close to the vest throughout the process.
“The day I got here (to IMG Academy), I told Saivion (Smith) I liked LSU,” Davis told SEC Country.
“I always knew that I was going to LSU. So, the main thing was that the whole recruiting process I knew where I was going. I just wanted to look at my options and explore them.”
If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be? I would say to enjoy every second of it. Definitely look at all the things that make you happy and all of the things that make you feel like you do at that school.
What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? ‘Bama definitely came in second. Alabama is a great school. I mean, they showed a lot of love. They did a great job recruiting. I was just all in for LSU. It was nothing against ‘Bama.
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? For my official, LSU took out my favorite meal for the recruiting gathering with the coaches. They had my favorite meal all set up for me. It was one of the most exciting things. It was shrimp with fettuccine and fried chicken, and they went all out for me.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true? There was a lot of them. I feel like a lot of people compared me to my dad, and I wasn’t remotely close. I don’t even talk to my dad, so I don’t really compare myself to him.
What is the funniest thing any coach said to you during the entire recruiting process? (Former LSU wide receivers coach) Coach Ball asked me something, like where I had been. It was a funny joke. I forgot exactly what he said, but it was about me not getting over there. It was just the way he said it.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? I kind of wish I took all five of my officials. I just feel like … if you missed prom, then you kind of wish that you went to prom. I was like damn.
What was the funniest story from one of your recruiting trips? I was with Shea Patterson, and someone just threw the ball at him. It hit Shea right in the nuts. He was like, “Ooooooooooo!” It was really really (funny). At least I thought it was really funny. It hit him square in the nuts.
Which coach was it the hardest to say no, that you weren’t coming there? Really, it was the whole ‘Bama staff. I liked all of those guys. I had a real connect with them. I got to know them and they got to know who I was actually was, and I enjoyed my team with them.
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? All of the schools that recruited me were great to have interest in me, and I looked at them all and what they had to offer, so there was no real disappointment.
Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest? (Texas A&M) Coach (Kevin) Sumlin. He cared about me and stuff. Like he was genuinely excited to see me when I first came to visit. It wasn’t even my official, and he was real excited to see me. He had a conversation with us and that was pretty cool to meet him.
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting? I’d allow more officials definitely. Because just five teams? There’s so many colleges and so many different options that five — that’s not a lot. I wish I could go to five schools at the same time. It’s a process that you never get a lot. It’s so exciting. People want more of that excitement. You just never know. You can go to all these colleges and find something that you really enjoy or you really like this. You just need options.
Other LSU Recruiting Rewinds:
- Les Miles dabbing is a memory LSU signee Cameron Lewis won’t forget
- LSU signee Donavaughn Campbell’s fondest memory includes running from a snake
- LSU QB signee Lindsey Scott Jr. received insight on Les Miles’ hatred toward Alabama
- LSU signee Caleb Roddy says other SEC teams had a chance if they moved to Baton Rouge
- LSU signee Lloyd Cushenberry says Tigers made a push the Sunday before signing day
- LSU signee Jakori Savage almost considered another SEC West team
- LSU signee Andre Anthony had a completely different view of Les Miles before meeting him
- You won’t believe what Texas fans did to Rahssan Thornton after he committed to LSU
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.