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Safety D.J. Davis commits to play football at ODU
Safety D.J. Davis commits to play football at ODU

D.J. Davis, a 6-foot-1, 176-pound safety from Salem High School, became the second defensive back from Virginia Beach in recent days to commit to play football at Old Dominion.

He joins Jamez Brickhouse, a 5-9 cornerback from Bayside High, who committed after the team's spring game Saturday. Brickhouse and Davis were recruited by wide receivers coach Zohn Burden.

Davis said he committed Tuesday morning.

Although Davis has been recruited by several Football Bowl Subdivision schools, he had no other offers. He said waiting for more offers would have been a waste of time.

"I was attracted to Old Dominion because of the relationship the coaches have with their players," he said. "They treat their players well. Old Dominion feels like home to me.

"When I talked to the coaches, I felt like they were being straight-up with me. My family liked that a lot. There was no reason to wait."

He said ODU's proximity to his home and family in Virginia Beach was a big factor.

Davis said he and Brickhouse are close friends and that he had hoped to commit before him. "But I wanted to talk it over with my family first," he said.

Brickhouse is graded a 3-star recruit by 247Sports. Davis has yet to be rated by the recruiting services.

Burden has now recruited three defensive backs from Virginia Beach in less than a year, including Tallwood safety Christian Byrum, who signed in February.

ODU will play its first full season in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Conference USA this fall. Davis said "being part of something new" was also attractive.

All nine ODU assistant coaches are on the road recruiting this week, the first week coaches are allowed to visit rising seniors.

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