There were a ton of prospects at USF's two day Sling 'n Shoot 7-on-7 tournament over the weekend. There were plenty of players that had good performances that made names for themselves. None were bigger and more impressive than what rising junior wide receiver Andre Davis did. His Tampa Jefferson coaches estimated he caught 30 touchdown passes (10 games) over the event, dominating everyone in front of him.
"Honestly, I expected that (performance)," Davis said. "I have progressively gotten better and gained more confidence so now I have very high standards for myself. I have worked hard and I am just improving. I have also worked hard with our quarterback (Quneton Williams). We have our timing down now and I am expecting a big year."
At times Davis was double and even triple teamed. He was held, pushed, dragged to the ground and his jersey was completely torn. Despite the mugging on just about every play he was unstoppable. If the ball was thrown his way, he would make the catch, many in spectacular fashion. Davis wowed everyone in attendance, from coaches, teammates and even the opposition.
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"The way they (opposition) were playing me just gave me extra motivation. I kept my cool and didn't let anyone get in my head. That stuff doesn't work on me. I just try and stay focused and play hard."
Davis, 6-1 and 180 pounds, runs in the 4.6 range. Sure he lacks speed but he has some of the best hands, concentration and body control you will ever see on a wide receiver at this age. Much of the credit goes to his father, who taught him a valuable football lesson at a young age.
"When I was very little, like five years old, my father worked with me. He always preached catching it (the football) out front with your hands. I have always done that and it's just natural to me.
"I think I am a pretty good route runner and I have consistent hands. My concentration is very good and I adjust to the ball well. I know I have to get faster and gain more speed. That's something I will work very hard on."
At this time Davis doesn't have any verbal offers but that will soon change, especially after such a dominating performance last weekend. There's no doubt he's as good as just about any receiver from the 2010 class and he will be ranked right up there among his peers in the Sunshine State of the class of 2011.
"I am looking forward to getting that first offer and I am anxious to see what happens in September. I like teams like USF, Florida, Florida State and Miami. I grew up favoring Miami but I also really like Florida too. Both of those teams always have good receivers and play team oriented ball. They also play for national championships. I am a big team guy and you can't play this game otherwise. You don't go out there and play football by yourself.
"Right now Florida is sending me the most stuff (mail) and I will go to Friday Night Lights later this month. I have also been hearing from Auburn, FSU, Miami and USF."
Davis got little rest. After two days and ten games at Sling 'n Shoot, he had to be ready for workouts earlier today with fall practice starting in less than a month.
"Man, I was tired last night and a little sore this morning. But we had workouts from 8 to 10. At least they went a little light on us. But we have to get ready. We open up with Hillsborough and now we have some extra motivation after they beat us yesterday."
Hillsborough narrowed edged Jefferson 24-23 in the semi-final matchup of the 7-on-7. Jefferson took third place overall. In the final, Hillsborough beat Punta Gorda Charlotte.
Last season as a junior Davis caught 22 passes for 502 and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.