July 26, 2009

Black Knights target Kentucky cornerback

Madisonville (KY) Madisonville North Hopkins cornerback Martinez Davis has been under the radar for much of this recruiting season, but the 5-foot-10, 172 pound prospect is now beginning to see interest pick up from several schools.

Schools that are showing interest are Arkansas, Army, Toledo, Arkansas, Tulane, UAB, Memphis, Southern Illinois and Air Force.

"Right now Army is the main one," shares Davis, who is being recruited by Black Knights' cornerback coach, Tony Coaxam. "I spoke to him a couple of days ago and wants me to start to talk to their defensive coordinator more. I met Coach Coaxam at Blue Chip Combine/Camp and he talked about how much he like me, as well as how he would like to coach me over the next four years. After the BC (Blue Chip), I sent them my highlight tape and I started my admission's file for West Point."

It was clear that Davis' combine experience was both educational and positive for the athletic corner. "Coach Coaxam … he's a great coach and he played DB when he went to Army and at Blue Chip he taught me a lot," states Davis.

Although not a blazing corner, Davis is consistently fast and very athletic. He has 4.56 forty to go with his growing frame, runs a 100M @ 11.4, has a 29.5 vertical, and has a max bench of 275 pounds.

This past season at Madisonville North Hopkins, Davis had 46 tackles, 2 interceptions and one for a touchdown, as North Hopkins finished the season at 7-4. With solid talent up and down his roster … which includes two top tier cornerbacks, as well as a change in classification, Coach Will Weaver is confident going into the 2009 season. "This will be the best team we have had yet and now we play in the Class 5A classification versus the 6A," declares Weaver.

And how does the North Hopkins coach assess the talents of Davis? "Martinez is an outstanding corner and I have another corner (J.C. Wade) that is committed to Ball State," confirms the head coach. "He's an unbelievable cover corner, physical, great feet, real good at breaking on the football, smart player, one of our team leader, great student-athlete, full qualifier already and he will be one of the captains for our team.

I actually spoke to them (Army) and they are in the final stages of offering him, but have not officially offered him. I also have talked to Toledo, Western Kentucky, NC A&T and they all really like him and I think they all will offer him."

Davis' on self evaluation is not too far from his coach's perception. "Several people tell me that I'm very text book sound… really sweet backpedal, very physical at the line, in my man press where I won't let anyone go inside, very good open field tackler," says the Blue Grass state prospect. "I can get you down any type of way."

Davis was also quick to point out his continued conversations with Coaxam, along with the hope of visiting Army soon. "We have talked about an offer about 3 or 4 times now," says Davis. "The last time I talked to him, he said we are going to go ahead and get you this offer, but I want to keep in contact with our defensive coordinator, Coach Smeland. I plan on visiting Army midway through my football season or before."

When it comes to location, Davis indicated that he is looking for a school with a history of being committed to their student-athletes receiving the best education, a place where he feel very comfortable and where he has a good relationship with all the coaches.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Davis recruiting process throughout the summer and into his senior season.

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