While Clemson picked up an oral commitment from Daytona Beach Mainland junior Cortez Davis last weekend, Purdue took advantage of the Buccaneers open week to make inroads with three of his high school teammates.
Mainland CBRicardo Allen and WRs O.J. Ross and Chevin Davis flew together to West Lafayette, Ind., and watched Purdue pull off its upset of Ohio State. All three seniors came out of the official visit saying the Boilermakers are high on their list.
"I haven't committed, but I definitely like Purdue a lot," Allen said Tuesday night. "I feel I have a chance to go to Purdue and play. And I felt like the coaches and players were real true. They didn't lie to get you to come. And they've been real close to winning against the big teams. This time they finished (against Ohio State)."
Allen said Ross, who is the No. 6-ranked player on theSentinel's Central Florida Top 100, has narrowed his list to Purdue and North Carolina. Chevin Davis, No. 73 on the CF Top 100, has Purdue and Ole Miss atop his list. Allen, No. 8 on the CF Top 100, is also considering the Rebels and said Illinois and Ole Miss are talking to him about arranging official visits.
"It's possible we could all three go to Purdue. We're all real close," Allen said. "The weather up there was actually good. They gave me a big jacket to put on. I wouldn't mind going out of state for college and not just being in Florida the whole time. If I do end up making it to the league (the NFL) I'd be ready for that (winter weather)."
Allen said Cortez Davis was joined on his Clemson trip by three teammates -- junior RBMarlin Lane, senior LB Anthony Hamm and senior OL Garrett Clark. Lane orally committed to the Tigers during the summer.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times