ASU's Coach Brandon Hall's Sooner State connections could pay big dividends on Signing Day.
The first year safeties coach, who once served as defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School, has the school's top two senior prospects very high on the Red Wolves program.
Recently, defensive back Cre Moore named Arkansas State as his leader and defensive lineman Frankie Davis is equally enthralled.
Davis, 6-foot-3, 230-pound, received his first offer from Arkansas State. In the past five months, he's grabbed offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado State, and Tulsa, his most recent.
"When I was at Arkansas State in February with Cre," said Davis, "I was very impressed with the campus, the facilities, and the surroundings. After the visit, I put them at the top of my list or at least in the top three. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and talk regularly with Coach Hall. They're really standing out to me right now. When they offered me in the spring, Coach Hall said he liked the way I got around the defender, how well I run to the ball, and my versatility. I can play both defensive end or outside linebacker."
Broken Arrow was a state runner-up last season in Oklahoma 6A. They fell to Tulsa Union by one point in the state final played at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Davis had 50 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble as a junior. Because of his dedication to his team, Davis plans on waiting until after the Tigers' season is completed to make his college decision.
"We're trying to win a state championship," he said. "I want to take my time and take a couple of visits then commit close to Signing Day. The other two teams in my top three are Tulsa and New Mexico. I was at Tulsa's one day camp and received an offer. I like how close it is to home. I haven't been to New Mexico yet, but I talk to their coaches a lot. They're showing me a lot of interest.
"I'm looking most at the coaching staff and the way they coach. I want to play for coach who I feel can help improve my game and help put me in line for a shot at the next level. The next factor for me is location. Maybe not where the school is but what kind of surroundings there are close to campus."
In June, Davis competed at the offensive line/defensive line camp at Lawrence, Kan. He said he's done with camps this summer and has turned his focus to Tigers football. Broken Arrow will begin their 2012 season in the state of Arkansas when they take on Bentonville on September 7th.