Another position of strength for this 2014 Penn State football team should be the secondary. We’ve already previewed the Nittany Lions’ No. 1 cornerback, junior Jordan Lucas. One cornerback who will provide depth and has some experience under his belt is another rising junior, Da’Quan Davis.
The 5-10, 171-pound Baltimore native played in 11 games in 2012 as a true freshman and played in seven games last year. Even though Davis doesn’t have a vast amount of experience, he has been with the program for two years and is another body for cornerbacks coach Terry Smith to utilize.
Davis played his high school ball at Calvert Hall College High School, one of the top high school programs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. He is one of three players on Penn State’s roster from Calvert Hall. Adrian Amos and Trevor Williams, who were Davis’ high school teammates are the other two.
Coming out of Calvert Hall, Davis was a 2-star recruit and the No. 25 player from Maryland in the 2012 class, according to Rivals. In addition to Penn State, Davis also held offers from Marshall and West Virginia. Davis was actually a West Virginia commit before Bill O’Brien’s staff came calling with a scholarship offer.
With Amos and Williams slated to start and five defensive backs from Penn State’s 2014 recruiting class currently on campus, Davis might find it hard to see consistent playing time. However, the fact that he’s a junior should help and he will most likely get more time than he has his first two seasons.
Expect about 20 tackles and a few pass breakups this year for the junior cornerback.