September 27, 2011

Coach: Terry Davis will be a good one

Cincinnati (Ohio) Wyoming head coach Bernie Barre has coached his share of future college players en route to a 312-107 record over his 35-plus years as a head coach on the prep level.

Barre has been at Wyoming since 1991 and has coached newest NC State commitment Terry Davis since the youngster made the varsity squad as a sophomore offensive tackle. Davis has been an anchor on the offensive line for Barre since and the coach is confident that his pupil will fall right in line with some of his other students who have found success on the highest level of college football.

"We had a defensive tackle that is starting at Indiana right now, a kid by the name of Larry Black, Jr.," he said. "Terry reminds me a little bit of Larry, who played offensive and defensive line for us. He went to Indiana and they made him into a defensive tackle, he's doing really well. I think Terry reminds me of him most of all."

Black earned Freshman All-America honors in 2009 from The Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews.com while he started all 12 games. Although he never suited up alongside of Davis, his younger brother, Jibreel Black, who is now a sophomore defensive end at Michigan, was among the numerous defensive linemen who have tested Davis in practice. Most do not receive favorable results while going head to head with the 6-4, 305-pounder and opponents have experienced similar results against the big man - he did not allow a sack as a junior.

"I don't know if he's allowed any this year or not, we really don't keep stats like that, but he's a pretty good pass blocked," the coach said. "In one-on-one drills, we have some very fast defensive ends that he goes up against every day in practice and he doesn't get beat in those, either. He's pretty good.

"He plays left tackle for us. He's got really good feet, he moves well, and he's a big, strong kid that comes off the ball well."

In Davis' first two years on the varsity squad, he helped Wyoming to a 22-3 record while the team went deep into the state playoffs during his sophomore campaign.

"He started as a sophomore and played on a very, very good team that year," Barre said. "We were 13-1 that year and went to the state semifinals, he started at offensive tackle. Last year as a junior, he was a starter at offensive tackle and we were 9-2. Things didn't go as well as the year before but it was still a pretty good football team. This year, we're struggling - we're 1-3 right now - and that's unusual for us, but we're starting seven sophomores and lost an awful lot; Terry is just one of our holdovers."

Despite the young team's struggles, Davis is doing a great job of leading the team and setting an example, according to the longtime coach. Rivals.com lists the two-star prospect as the No. 45 player in Ohio and the No. 10 offensive lineman in his home state.

"He's one of our captains, one of our leaders," he said. "The team looks up to him obviously because he is a division I scholarship player and he's starter for three years now. The younger kids absolutely look up to him."

While Davis has logged most of his prep action at left tackle, he occasionally plays defense and has also seen time at guard, the position he projects to at the next level. He'll help continue the Pack's strong recruiting presence in Ohio and will mark the fourth Cincinnati native that coach Tom O'Brien - a Cincinnati native - has brought to Raleigh.

Davis picked NC State over offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and Louisville, among others. In the end, Barre said the Pack just offered the complete package for Davis, who officially visited on Sept. 4 against Liberty.

"I think Terry, probably like most kids, likes the big-time atmosphere and the chance to play in front of the big crowds, everything like that," the coach said. "He had offers from Big Ten, Big East and other ACC schools; I think he just really liked NC State a lot. What he told me when he came back was that he really liked the visit, liked the campus, liked the facilities, liked the coaches; he was very excited when he came back from Raleigh."

"He is a good kid also. I think NC State got a good player and they got a good person, too."


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