May 19, 2011

News and Notes

Baylor assistant head coach Brian Norwood is expected to fly up to Ohio early next week and visit Austintown twins Chris Davis and Demitrious Davis.

The identical twins - Chris is older by one minute - are holding at least 20 known offers including one from the Bears. Baylor is one two Texas schools to offer. The other is SMU.

"I just talked to coach Norwood, and he said he was going to try and come up Monday or Tuesday,'' Davis said. "He seems like a good guy, and he's easy to get along with. We're looking forward to seeing him.''

If you review the programs that have offered, they somewhat mirror each other in the offense they run. They run a spread or a version of it. Baylor is looking at both as inside receivers. While neither is tall, that's really not an issue. Each has the speed to make big plays but shifty enough to elude tacklers and collect yards after the catch.

While the attention has been intense, the two appear to be taking it in stride. Chris said the two plan to visit as many of these schools as possible. Baylor is one of those destinations.

Oh, this is a package deal. Wherever one goes, the other will follow. At this point, proximity to the Youngstown suburb isn't so much a factor.

"We're for sure going to go to Baylor in June,'' Chris said. "We're going to be looking at a weekend. We're going to try and get to all of these schools in June and July. What we're looking for is the academics, see if the offense is a fit and if the football program is something that will get better.''

Two-way street
San Antonio Brandeis defensive back Colin Blake noticed the Green and Gold at the practice field Tuesday afternoon
Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and assistant Chris Achuff came by to evaluate the 4-star No. 161 national recruit.

Blake spoke via phone with Achuff Wednesday evening.

"It was a good talk,'' Blake said. "He just said that he and coach Bennett enjoyed watching me. He said they really want their cornerbacks to be physical because everybody is going after the taller guys these days. I think coach Achuff is a cool guy.''

With California being the latest to offer, Blake said he really doesn't have a leader. It appeared that Texas A&M and TCU had the early edge until all of the other offers came in.

At this point, Blake would like to make his commitment before the 2011 season. However, he conceded there is a chance that may not happen. Blake said he will visit Baylor this summer.

"They're the closest one to me, so I want to look,'' he said.

Johnson on the mend
JeMarcus Johnson pretty much had to start over after he enrolled in January.

The 2011 Lago Vista product suffered a nerve injury below his left knee last December. It caused him to miss all of spring workouts.

However, he is healthy. Johnson said the feeling in the leg has returned. All that's left is building strength. He is also able to go through a range of motions and is now running to get back in shape.

Plano West defensive end Bryce Cottrell said Baylor continues to stay in contact with him. He said he recently spoke with assistant Jim Gush. But the offers are piling up. He just picked up one from Arkansas and said he expected to be offered by USC and Arizona St….it would appear that Baylor's pursuit of a quarterback will maintain a surgical approach. Don't be surprised if the coaching staff becomes more aggressive during and after their summer quarterback camps.

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