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Davis twins choose Pitt

August 4, 2011
By Nik Zirounis
It was a cool and rainy day this past April in Pittsburgh when Demitrious and Chris Davis of Austintown Fitch attended the Pitt spring football game.

The twin brothers were invited to the university as potential recruits. It turns out that the unseasonable weather did not dampen the enthusiasm the Davis’ had for Pittsburgh. On July 24, Demitrious and Chris both verbally committed to become Panthers once their senior seasons in Austintown are complete. The announcement was made in front of a throng of family and friends at Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown. Although the weather was exponentially warmer on that Sunday, the two brothers couldn’t help but think back to that inclement day when they visited Pittsburgh.

“The environment, the city, the downtown was great, but it was pretty rainy,” said Demitrious. “Seeing all of those people come out (in the bad weather) and fill that huge stadium was something.” Chris agreed with his brother on how much that trip inspired him. “We had great visits,” said Chris. “That atmosphere at the spring game was incredible.”

Incredible is also a word that can be used to describe the athletic prowess of these two current Falcons and future Panthers. Each player has wowed scouts and coaches over the years at various combines and camps. Demitrious is the Fitch quarterback three years running and is very comfortable captaining the spread offense of head coach Phil Annarella. He is the 29th ranked player according to Chris is a wideout/defensive back who was listed at number 63 by the Rivals website. Both were recruited to play slot receiver in new Pitt head coach Todd Graham’s version of the spread formation.

Chris is used to lining up in the slot, while Demitrious is just happy to get a shot at early playing time regardless of position.

“I knew coming into the (recruiting) process that it would be hard to be recruited at quarterback because of my size,” said the 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound Fitch signal caller. “I’ll have a great chance in the slot, and I just love getting the ball in my hands. Playing quarterback at Fitch has helped me be a leader and a good teammate.” Said Chris, “I got real comfortable with the new coaching staff (at Pitt). I like that they play the spread, too.”

Playing close to home is an asset these two stars will have since the Pitt campus is just a short drive from Austintown. Being so close was important because it allows the twins’ family to watch them play each game. Having their dad Chris close by is especially important to the dynamic duo.

“Our dad was so important in the whole recruiting process,” Demitrious admitted. “He keeps us so focused.”

“He is so supportive,” said Chris about his father. “He keeps us humble and always wants us to do well.”

As far as Chris senior is concerned, he couldn’t be more elated to have his two sons continue their football careers at prestigious Pitt. “I liked (Pitt) and they loved it,” he said via text. “Pitt is a good program and they have a chance to play now. I am so proud of them.”

The elder Davis has done much in trying to get his two boys recruited by top colleges and has also done a lot in getting the Austintown football community on the map nationally. All of his hard work has paid obvious dividends. Demitrious and Chris were strongly recruited by over 20 schools, and before picking the Panthers had narrowed their choices to Oregon, West Virginia, Michigan State and Pitt. The recruiting process was tedious for both players, but having each other made it go a lot smoother than it does for most kids.

“It was easier having my brother recruited with me,” said Demitrious. “We have been playing together since we were six years old.”

Before either of the Davis’ proceed to Pittsburgh, they have the task of taking the Falcons to new heights in 2011. Each knows there is some unfinished business, too. “I want to win a championship,” declared Chris of his goals for this season. “I also want to be an all-state receiver and top my stats from last year.”

The quarterbacking Davis has those same aspirations in mind. “I want to do better than last year, and I know that I can,” Demitrious insisted. “I think we can win a championship.”

It is that kind of confidence that helped the twin brothers succeed on the gridiron at Fitch and will aid them even more when they become Pitt Panthers in 2012.

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Photo by Ryan McMasters
With offers from more than 25 colleges, including Oklahoma, UCLA, Arkansas and West Virginia, Chris and Demetrius Davis announced their intentions to go to the University of Pittsburgh. They felt that Pitt’s football and academic programs were best suited for them. Demetrius and Chris both said that they appreciate the support of their family and credit their success to their father’s encouragement and dedication.



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