We are nearing April, and that means most coaches have shifted their focus from the class they signed back in February to the 2018 class. However, West Virginia isn’t quite done with their 2017 class. On Wednesday, they added Butler Community College cornerback Fontez Davis.
The Mountaineers had been searching for JUCO prospects for the last few weeks that could come in and contribute in the secondary immediately, and they’ve found just that in Davis. Davis originally hails from Edwardsville, Illinois, but spent his last season playing in El Dorado, Kansas for the Butler C.C. Grizzlies. He recorded 36 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble in nine games.
THIS IS IT, ITS OFFICIAL‼️ pic.twitter.com/XRZDTKzIBl
— Fontez Davis Jr (@TDavis_UpNext) March 22, 2017
THE DAVIS FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Ranking||Star Rating|
|Fontez Davis||Edwardsville, IL||CB||NR||⭐⭐⭐|
Davis is the 22nd commitment in West Virginia’s 2017 class, and the 8th (!!!) defensive back in the class, as he joins Collin Smith, Derrek Pitts, Ricky Johns, Exree Loe, Eugene Brown, Corey Winfield, and Hakeem Bailey. I fully expect Davis to be the final player in the 2017 West Virginia class, and they’ll likely begin picking up steam in their 2018 class soon, a class that currently holds a commitment from just one prospect.
Davis committed to Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers today, following an official visit to Morgantown earlier this week. Davis held offers from Memphis and Louisiana Monroe, but dreamed of playing in the Big 12, and now he’ll get that opportunity. West Virginia is losing four cornerbacks from last year, so we could very well see Davis on the field this fall if he can get acquainted quickly.
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound cornerback is a very interesting prospect. He’s got good size for a defensive back, though at 6-foot-1 he absolutely needs to be heavier than 175. He needs to add some muscle to thrive in the Big 12, but he’s got good technique, and can keep up with most of the conference’s receivers. He struggles in the running game a little bit, but with his size and athletic ability, he should thrive in a pass heavy conference, and he’ll likely be an invaluable asset for the defensively challenged Mountaineers.