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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 27 2012

NDSU receives verbal from quarterback Davis

FARGO – North Dakota State continued its trend of recruiting a quarterback every year by getting a verbal commitment from Cole Davis of Kearney, Mo.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Davis said he had offers from South Dakota State and Missouri Western. He is NDSU’s seventh known commitment for the 2013 recruiting class.

“I like the way they run things up there,” Davis said. “It’s a stable program and it has everything else that you would want.”

His head coach, Greg Jones, said Northern Iowa was about to get in the mix and Sam Houston State had an interest, mainly because a coach on Davis’ freshman team in high school is now an assistant with the Bearkats.

“I told Cole, ‘Do what you want to do but you probably don’t want to sit around and wait,’ ” Jones said. “You always want to go to a place that wants you and this is a good choice for him.”

NDSU has been getting recruits from Kansas in recent years, but Davis will be a rare player from Missouri, with the last being running back Pat Paschall from St. Louis. Kearney is on the outskirts of suburban Kansas City, about 20 miles northeast of the city.

Davis had one game this season where he threw for 352 yards. He had 1,300 yards with 12 touchdowns and just one interception as a junior. He said NDSU first contacted him last winter and he took his campus visit during a one-day summer camp.

“He’s a dual-threat quarterback, which every offensive coordinator likes,” Jones said. “We like his leadership and his understanding of the game of football. He can read coverages and he has a good understanding of coverages.”

His Kearney team is 6-3 and enters the first round of its playoffs next week.


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