January 6, 2012

Tech signs JUCO Center

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- In the midst of Louisiana Tech's bowl trip to Southern California for the Poinsettia Bowl, they received a national letter of intent from a center at Orange Coast Community College.

Tech offensive coordinator Tony Franklin hits the California Junior Colleges every year to find a couple of offensive players. This time he found Alec Davis. Davis is a 6-1 265 pound center who uses his speed and athleticism to block in the second level extremely well.

Davis played in more of a West Coast style offense in high school and college so he has some experience in the spread, but he says he's comfortable with it.

Tech is recruiting high school centers to solidify depth at center, but this is not a concern for Davis.

"[The recruitment of high school centers] is not a concern," said Davis. "I have played two years at a Junior College I think my experience will put me above the other guys."

Tech wants to groom Davis to take over for Stephen Warner once Warner graduates.

"They want me to come in and redshirt and hopefully come in and learn under Stephen and get to start after that," said Davis.

The day Davis signed was the day Tech played in the Poinsettia Bowl. Davis was impressed by the Bulldogs showing.

"I thought it was awesome," said Davis. "I thought we should have won. We had it and kind of lost it in the second half but I thought it was awesome."

In Franklin's offense, the center calls the cadence which is unusual in most offenses. Davis said he is excited about calling the cadence.

"I haven't [called the cadence before] yet," said Davis. "But I'm looking forward to it because I will get an extra jump off the ball."

Tech running back Ray Holley played at Orange Coast Community College as well but was finished by the time Davis started. However, Davis' brother played with Holley.

"Ray left the year before I got there," Davis said. "But he played with my brother. I met him and he's a cool guy."

During this past offseason, Davis trained with New Orleans Saints starting Center Brian de la Puente.

Davis made his visit to Ruston from December 14-16 and enjoyed his time in Ruston.

"I loved it man," Davis said. "It's a small southern town it was really cool. I was born in Atlanta and lived in Illinois. So I was looking to get back there for college."

Davis is looking most forward to continuing Tech's recent success while in Ruston.

"I'm looking forward to winning," Davis said. "One of the main reasons I came was because they won the WAC. Hopefully I can help bring some more rings to the school."

Davis said he plans on moving to Ruston in mid-Februrary, at the same time as Tech's other JUCO commitment, Jon Greenwalt. Greenwalt's letter of intent should be coming soon to Tech.

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