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Next Level Nation Looks to "Make History" in Morgantown

Da'Quan Davis hasn't even finished his high school career yet, but he's already preparing himself to be a college football coach.

The cornerback out of Calvert High School in Baltimore, Md. committed to West Virginia University while on campus over the weekend, and now he plans to do his best to make certain he doesn't make the trip west without some friends.

Davis was in Morgantown with his Next Level Nation 7-on-7 team and he says in addition to winning the camp, the goal was to get other players on the squad noticed so that by the time they left the stadium, they had a WVU scholarship offer. When Davis got back to Maryland, he reached out to some of his teammates publicly through Facebook and essentially asked them all to join him at West Virginia and "make history."

"I was talking to the guys when we were down there that we could really start something special at West Virginia," says Davis. "I know a couple years back they [WVU] came up short after losing to Pitt and I said that we can get them back to that stage. I'm doing my best to recruit these guys like crazy and bring them all on board."

His message is directed at players like Deontay McManus, who committed to the Mountaineers, but has made it clear to Davis that he is still going to take his five official visits and see what else is available before making a final decision. The others he mentions are Trevor Williams (athlete, Calvert Hall), Charles Tapper (defensive lineman, City College High), and Joshua McPhearson (athlete, Riverdale Baptist) and Cyrus Jones, Jr. (running back, Gilman School), though Jones is not a part of Next Level Nation.

Through playing in the Baltimore area, he is familiar with these athletes and believes in each one's potential to make an impact at the next level. Williams, for example, had not spoken to the Mountaineers' staff prior to the weekend's 7-on-7 camp, but he impressed wide receivers coach Daron Roberts enough to get an offer before leaving campus.

"West Virginia is definitely at my top and I'm definitely taking it into consideration," says Williams. "I would love to have all those guys at the same school."

Like Davis, Williams is not putting a timetable on his decision. He ranks WVU as his top school, and believes that when the time comes to commit to one place or another, he will know it.

Davis certainly hopes he will choose the Mountaineers.

"It would be very special," he says. "I've been playing against Trevor since little league and I've been playing with him in high school and other guys like Deontay – just to have them on board with me, it would feel great."

His expectations for their potential are sky-high, too.

"I feel as though as a collective group, they all can be a contributing factor in winning a national championship and bringing a national championship to West Virginia.

"Nobody really has heard of that before, a group of guys going to the same school and really having one common goal and going out there and competing like crazy."

It's a conversation that began on the field at WVU and gained momentum as they headed back to Maryland. They spoke about the possibilities that could come from joining forces at the same university and did not shy away from imagining a great deal of success down the road if they did all choose the same school.

"That did come up [on the ride]," says Williams. "We all were looking at how we would dominate and make history and all that. There were a lot of laughs and giggles about that."

In addition to their beliefs about what playing for the same team could do for these Next Level Nation stars, Davis and Williams are excited about the prospect of showing the younger kids on the squad a sense of allegiance to each other so that they may one day aspire to make a similar move.

If WVU could somehow get each one of the players Davis lists to sign with the Mountaineers, it will have pulled in a wide receiver, a cornerback, a running back, a defensive lineman, and two "athletes." 

Not a bad haul.

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