WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (GoldandBlack.com) - Ohio defensive tackle
With that in mind, the Plain City Jonathan Alder senior-to-bemade his choice Monday afternoon, picking Purdue over Illinois, afinalist along with Vanderbilt, which was expected to offer soon,and a host of others.
"Great coaches, great academics and great football all in oneplace," said Davis, who returned a phone call late Monday night, ofPurdue. "It just had a good combination of it all."
Davis, who also had an offer from Indiana and Cincinnati, amongothers, and was garnering interest from Ohio State and WestVirginia, says he saw no reason to continue waiting to make his toppick official. Monday, he put in a call to Danny Hope.
"I wanted to make it before the season to get my mind clearedoff of college football and get it on high school football, becauseI still have one year to finish," said the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder,who could also project as an offensive lineman. "I wanted to get itoff my mind, so a couple weeks ago I made a timeline that I wantedto commit either this week or next week.
"And I just felt so strong about Purdue. It just feltright."
Davis' interest in the Boilermakers was galvanized on a trip tothe Purdue campus a couple weeks ago. He said the visit went verywell and is impressed with where the Boilers are headed under a newhead coach.
"Coach Hope seems like he knows exactly what he wants and whathe's doing," Davis said. "I loved the closeness of campus,everything was in walking distance and easy to get to. It seemedperfect."
It likely won't be Davis' last visit to Purdue. He says he'llget there at least one more time before school starts next month,then again for an official and perhaps for a few more games aswell.
"I'll probably come several times," he said. "… I'd liketo get myself settled into that environment a little quicker."
Davis' becomes Hopes sixth commitment in the 2010 class.
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