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Canton McKinley senior Jamal Davis II commits to Pittsburgh for football

By Michael Beaven Published: January 18, 2014

It took just one trip to the University of Pittsburgh for Canton McKinley senior linebacker Jamal Davis II to feel comfortable.

Davis traveled to Pittsburgh on Friday for the first time and visited the campus.

He gave an oral commitment Saturday to play football for the Panthers on scholarship.

“I came in and sat down with the coaches and players and automatically felt chemistry,” Davis said. “There is a vibe. There was just a vibe immediately. This is where I want to be. I like the coaches, the players and the facilities. I like everything about Pitt.

“I thought about committing to Pitt on Friday, but then thought I should give it some more thought. I told coach [Paul] Chryst I was going to commit today and he was happy.”

Davis, a 6-foot-3 and 215-pound three-year starter, earned Associated Press All-Ohio first-team honors as a senior and was selected as the Northeast Ohio Inland District Defensive Player of the Year.

“I think this is a great fit on both ends, for Pitt and for Jamal,” Canton McKinley coach Todd Filtz said. “Pitt has an atmosphere Jamal was looking for and they are in need of a player like him at that position.”

Davis also held offers from the University of Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kent State, Louisville, Marshall, Minnesota, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.

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