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October 5, 2012

Davis ready for Army challenge

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster

Soon after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Justin Davis plans to be an early enrollee at USC.

The Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln four-star running back, who received his Army game jersey during a presentation at his high school on Friday, said it's great to already be committed and to have a chance to possibly influence other U.S. Army All-Americans that USC is the right place for them, too.

Davis, rated as the seventh-best running back and No. 73 prospect in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, has been committed to the Trojans since May. He's not planning any other visits and has pretty much spurned any of the melodramatics that oftentimes seep into the recruiting process.

"It's definitely a really good feeling knowing where you're going to go and there's no drama," Davis said. "You don't have to wait until signing day. It's definitely a big relief knowing which college I'm going to and I can't wait to get there."

First, though, Davis will finish out his senior season and then prepare for the Army Bowl in San Antonio.

The four-star said being selected for the game was an immense honor and something he's been working toward for years. Getting a chance to compete against many of the nation's elite prospects is special to Davis, rated as the eighth-best player in the California state rankings.

The Stockton Lincoln standout has been to numerous national camps and has played a lot in a lot of 7-on-7 tournaments, but a real game with pads on, against other top-rated players is going to be something to remember.

"It's definitely a pretty big honor because I'll be able to play against the best players in the nation and play in front of the Army," Davis said. "That's some pretty good stuff and it's definitely an honor.

"It's a really good way to test yourself and see what college is going to be like for the next four years. Definitely for me because I'm leaving early, it's pretty much my first test going into the realm of college football."

He's also going to be playing with a lot of future Trojans. That's extra important since it will give them a jump start on playing together in college.

A week together practicing and socializing in San Antonio followed by playing on national television in the Alamodome? Davis could not figure a better way to wrap up his high school career.

"I've been watching it the past few years and it seems really fun to play in it," Davis said.

"I can't wait. It's really the whole experience that's great. Practicing against players you'll be going up against in college and then playing with them in an actual game, not in 7on7 or with no pads. It's going to be a lot of fun."



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