Davenport Set to Take Off

Davenport Set to Take Off

The Southfield (Mich.) Blue Jays had a great season in 2008, getting to the brink of the state championship game before falling. With a talented squad returning, they are looking to build upon that success. One of the key returnees is linebacker Maurice Davenport, who is set to kick his recruitment into gear.

At 6'2, 235-lbs, Southfield (Mich.) linebacker Maurice Davenport has college size and now that he is getting his recruitment together, he is ready to show he has other assets which are attractive to college programs as well.

"First, a lot of schools want me to take my ACT. Basically, I need a 22. Then they will send me information I need on camps and spring practice. I take the ACT on March 12."

If his classroom work is any indication, the test should not be a problem, as Davenport currently carries a 3.1 grade point average. He says he is also putting together his highlight tape, which also should help generate more interest, although he is hearing from several schools.

"I've heard from Illinois, Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Toledo," he reported, "It's been mainly letters, but I'm starting to get on the internet and talk to them through e-mails. I've talked to one of Central Michigan's coaches. I've been invited to Bowling Green's junior day, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Illinois."

That invitation to come down to Champaign is of high interest to Davenport.

"I'm going to try to go to Illinois, because they're the main one. They're my top school. They're closer to home, they have a great football program with nice academics and I think it would be a nice school. We'll just have to wait and see if everything at camp and spring practice goes well."

With his size and abilities, Davenport could project to a couple other positions in college even though he is a linebacker for Southfield.

"I played mainly middle linebacker, but sometimes they'd bring me on the line depending on the formation."

Last season, Davenport finished with 62 tackles despite missing the first four games due to shoulder surgery. He was a key part of Blue Jays defense which lead the team to the state semi-finals. With many players returning, actually getting to the state finals is a goal for the team and their senior middle linebacker has set some other goals for himself as well.

"I just want a full scholarship."

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