Herman Davidson, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound four-star safety from Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., has come close to narrowing his choices down to North Carolina, California and Miami. He says those three lead big over Arizona State and UCLA, but that the Bruins have piqued his interest lately.
All of Davidson's favorites have offered, except UCLA. "UCLA just started recruiting me about a week ago," Davidson explained. "They really want me to come on a visit and we've talked about it. They've talked about me coming in on a visit and I'll take it if I have time because I like UCLA. I could visit them the first weekend in February, maybe."
Davidson also has offers from Ole Miss and San Diego State but isn't considering either.
"I'm a late bloomer," he said. "I didn't really start getting offers until November (first offer was from San Diego State) and schools like UCLA and USC I think both have their recruiting boards set pretty early. By the time I started making a name for myself they were basically done."
He took an official visit to North Carolina on Nov. 3. "Distance isn't an issue and I really wanted to go out and take some visits," he said. "They'd been recruiting me hard and at the time San Diego State was my only offer, so this was a really good opportunity.
"I love all the coaches, especially (wide receivers) coach Charlie Williams. He's a Poly alum and we get along great. North Carolina also has one of the best campuses I've ever seen. It's beautiful there."
Davidson had an in-home visit from the Tar Heels on Monday, Jan. 21. He is expecting the California coaches on Jan. 23 and Miami on Jan. 24.
He visited Cal on Jan. 11. "It went really well," he said. "I've never been up north so it was a good experience. It's a good vibe up there and I liked how the people were all very cool and I got along well with all the coaches.
"I grew up following the Pac-10, so I knew a lot about Cal already," he said. "They have a great program and I think the coaches have done a great job there. They told me that I'd have a good chance to come in and play as a freshman."
Davidson, ranked as the No. 19 safety in the country by Scout.com, visited Miami on Jan. 19. "That was a great visit," he said. "I love Miami. It's the "U"
"I love how it's just a huge family out there," he said. "From the coaches, to the players, to the fans, they all support the team and the players. As soon as I got there I felt like I had known them all forever. They really welcomed me with open arms and I felt a great relationship with all the players. We had a good vibe and I just felt really close to all the players before I left."
Davidson was also impressed with the 'Canes new home, Dolphin Stadium. "It's really nice. It's a beautiful stadium. I also love how it seems like every NFL team has a 'Cane on it."
The only other visit that Davidson has already taken was to Michigan on Nov. 17. "I haven't talked to them since the coaching change," he said. "I'm up in the air with them now."
Davidson plans to announce his decision on signing day on Fox Sports West. "It's gonna be about the coaches," he said. "I want a steady coaching staff and a stable program. I'm just gonna sit down with my parents and go over everything and see what would be the best choice for me."
Poly went 13-1 for the year and Davidson finished his senior season with 71 tackles, six interceptions and two fumbles recovered. He benches 285 pounds and has a 29-inch vertical jump.
"I'm able to cover good ground and I'm a great tackler," he said. "I like to hit and I'm physical, but I want to improve my awareness on the field and quickness."
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 780 SAT, which he is retaking on Jan. 26.