Junior to Watch: Donovan Davis
School: Jackson (Miss.) Callaway
Position: Offensive tackle
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Size and speed: Brock is 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds. He said he’s been timed at 5.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is already fully qualified with a 3.25 grade-point average and a 21 on the ACT.
Statistics: It’s hard to keep track of statistics for an offensive lineman, but Davis also played some defensive line. Over there, he recorded 18 tackles, five sacks, seven tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery.
Honors: Davis was a first team all-metro selection by the Clarion Ledger, and was also named the publications offensive lineman of the year. He’s also a Rivals100 candidate and will be one of the better linemen in the Southeast.
Favorite Schools: Davis is getting tons of mail and tons of interest from all of the major players. He listed Florida, Mississippi State and LSU as his top three schools with Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama also in the mix.
Skinny: Donovan Davis of Jackson (Miss.) Callaway is big and so are his hopes of becoming one of the nation’s top recruits for the Class of 2003.
And even though he’s already physically bigger than many other recruits in the land, he’s not just all beef and height. He’s a very well-rounded lineman and that reflects in his game.
“I describe my style as intelligently aggressive,” Davis said. “Though I may be larger than my opponent, I try to use angles and technique before I use my strength.”
That’s something that is hard to teach any lineman, but Davis seems have already perfected that – which will make him one of the best around.
And the recruiting process is already starting to be something Davis thinks long and hard about – but what’s new since Davis is one of the most cerebral players around, too.
“Since my major is going to be in the engineering field, they have to have a strong engineering program,” Davis said.
“I’d like to go to a college that passes the ball, because I like pass blocking, more than run blocking, and a comfortable fast paced offense. Something that gets the ball down field, mainly, just a passing offense and pulling, something that combines those.”
In the end it looks his needs for academics, the overall strength of the football program, the location, coaching staff and team atmosphere will be the deciding factors for the big lineman.