Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Starmont's Davila didn't slip away from the Charlotte 49ers

Working on a column for Wednesday's Observer, I ran across a rumor that Starmount High's Victor Davila, a national top 100 recruit, was ready to sign with Charlotte's 49ers until he found out that coach Bobby Lutz didn't have a contract extension at the time and might not get one.

Lutz told the Observer Monday that he's entered into talks with the school about extending his contract.

The rumor goes that Davila couldn't commit to Charlotte if he didn't know who his coach was going to be.

That kind of thinking makes sense. And it's all the more reason Charlotte should lock up Lutz for many years to come.

With a new chancellor and Lutz's 14-16 record last year, I can understand a little hesistancy, but the coach looks headed to a sixth NCAA Tournament in 10 years and North Carolina, the state, is loading up with a lot of players like Davila, a 6-foot-9 power forward who signed with Virginia Tech.

I was told by strong sources that Davila would've gone to Wake Forest before Deacons coach Skip Prosser suddenly passed away. That left his backup choice, Virginia Tech.

Davila's guardian, Donnie Livengood, told me Tuesday afternoon that Davila picked Virginia Tech over Charlotte, Wake Forest, Virginia Commonwealth and Memphis.

Livengood said Lutz's contract situation did not play a role in Davila's choice.

"He was pretty serious with Charlotte," Livengood said. "We'd been there to visit and (assistant) coach (Bobby) Kummer who had been recruiting us, we really respect. Victor liked Charlotte. It's a very good basketball program. They're playing really well.

"Victor, though, had always talked about the ACC. It wasn't the reason (he signed with Virginia Tech), but it was one of the things he wanted to do."

Langston Wertz Jr.


Anonymous said...

I've never been a Lutz fan but I'm starting to come around with the success of this season. I can see a contract extension, but I don't know about the "many years" part.