Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Eric Davis switches because of scheme
By Damon Sayles ESPN Recruiting
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler) has no ill feelings toward Texas A&M. His recent decision to decommit from the Aggies and pledge to Oklahoma State stemmed primarily from a comfort with defensive schemes. He wants to play in a 4-3 format and A&M plays in a 3-4 scheme.
Texas A&M's loss is Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State's gain.
Davis, who committed to the Aggies last year, said Oklahoma State simply was a better fit. On Sunday, Davis gave Cowboys coach Mike Gundy the news that he wanted to play football in Stillwater, Okla., next season.
"I had been thinking about it. Every night, it bothered me a little," Davis said. "I woke up Sunday saying I was going to go ahead and make the decision, so I told Coach Gundy I wanted to be in a 4-3 [scheme] and play a true end."
Some of the 6-foot-3, 240-pound end's strengths are his quickness off the ball, solid first step and ability to rush the passer. Davis said he will have an opportunity to use his strengths more in a 4-3 rather than a 3-4.
"I'd play the end, but I wouldn't be able to come off the edges as much," Davis said of playing in the 3-4. "The linebacker would be coming off the edges more, and I would be a little more inside. I had to make the decision that I felt was best for me."
Davis said Texas Tech also was in the recruiting mix prior to him originally committing to A&M. Verbal commitments are nonbinding, and the first day he can sign is Feb. 1.
Recruiting process begins for TE Moore
Sept. 1 will be known in the Moore household as the official day Brady Moore (Marysville, Kan./Marysville) became a college football recruit.
Davis, a 6-5, 215-pound junior tight end, received his very first recruiting letter from Nebraska on the first of the month. Since then, the letters have come in droves. Moore said he has correspondence from roughly 20 different schools.
"It's been pretty exciting. I had no idea I'd be getting letters," Moore said. "This is all still new to me. I know things are just getting started now. It's pretty cool."
Moore said he's received letters from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Alabama and Oklahoma, among others. But he is committed to taking his time with the entire process.
"It's just exciting, really," Moore said. "I know that working hard is finally paying off. I'm seeing the results, and to have these schools interested is exciting."
K-State commit Bender all about business
Don't expect dual-threat quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb./Southwest) to read his press clippings and relish in the fact he's considered one of the top college recruits in Nebraska. That's not his style. Never has been.
Tavarius Bender is the No. 1 ranked offensive player from Nebraska in the 2012 class.
Bender, a Kansas State commitment, is worried about only one thing -- living up to the task of being the quintessential leader for Southwest. This week may be more important than average weeks, as Southwest faces Omaha (Neb.) Millard West in a matchup of two of the state's top teams.
"Me, myself, I've never been into statistics," Bender said. "I'm more worried about being a leader and putting a [state championship] banner up in the gym. Last year, [Millard West] beat us, so it's definitely an anchor for us. I've been watching film and taking care of business. It's my responsibility to the team to take care of business."
Bender said the hype that he's received is appreciated, and hearing that he's one of the state's top recruits is humbling. The 6-4, 210-pound signal-caller also said that the compliments are motivation to keep striving to be better each day, particularly as a quarterback preparing for an intense college football schedule.
"It's good to hear all of that stuff," Bender said, "but you really just have to brush it off and play ball."
Rice commitment undergoes heart procedure
Defensive end David Wilganowski (Bryan, Texas/Rudder), a Rice commitment, underwent an unspecified heart procedure Tuesday in an effort to remedy the cause of him collapsing at the beginning of the month during Rudder's Week 1 game against Leander (Texas) Rouse.
According to The Bryan-College Station Eagle, Wilganowski was transported via ambulance to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan on Sept. 2 after collapsing during a punt return late in the fourth quarter. Rudder trainers began chest compressions on Wilganowski following the collapse, and it was reported that an automated external defibrillator was used. Wilganowski was breathing when he left for the hospital.
He was flown to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston shortly after, then transported to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Wilganowski currently is under the care of expert cardiologists, but he is expected to be released within days.
"The cardiologists at Scott & White are very optimistic that he'll be returning home in the very near future," Susan Wilganowski, David's mother, told Bryan's The CW television affiliate KBTX. "He's looking forward to getting back to school and getting back to seeing his classmates and his teammates."
Wilganowski, who also can play tight end and linebacker, originally chose Rice over Navy, Air Force, Army and a host of other schools back in July.
Damon Sayles covers recruiting in the Midlands for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at email@example.com.