Portland-Gregory High School running back Connell Davis hopes for the day that one of the top coaches in the NCAA history will be on the other end of his phone line. Davis (6-3, 210-pounds) is a Pennsylvania-native, who has become a Gulf Coast Texan, living in the beach town of Corpus Christi, Texas, since the sixth grade.
“I can’t wait to get out of Texas,” he said. “All my family is on the East Coast and I’ve grown up the biggest Penn State fan. They are on the top of my list. My coach has sent all my information up there and I’ve talked to the coaches once, but I don’t know how interested they are.”
While the Nittany Lions have yet to offer, Davis has received offers from the likes of Colorado, Missouri and Baylor, to date. According to Davis, TCU and UTEP are also close to offering.
“I like Missouri also,” he said. “When I talk with the coaches, they really make it sound like a nice place to play and go to school.”
Davis had a productive season last year even with a broken shoulder. He injured his hamstring during the track season, yet still ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard-dash while resting his leg.
His size and speed has also lured coaches to Gregory High School with hopes of moving Davis to another position.
“Some schools want me on defense and at wide receiver,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me, I just want to play some football.”
He will definitely be playing somewhere in 2005, he just hopes it’s for Joe Pa.