A lot of very good football talent comes out of East Texas every year. The towns may be less populated and further apart than their big-city counterparts in the state but the region can be a recruiting hotbed if colleges put in the work to find the players.
That is exactly the case with Tenaha athlete Reginald Davis. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior hails from a tiny class 1A high school. However, he does a little bit of everything for the Tigers and schools have taken notice. This weekend, he received his first scholarship offer.
"Texas A&M offered me," Davis said on Sunday afternoon. "It kind of came as a surprise. My recruiter, coach (Randy) Jordan, he called my superintendent today. Coach Jordan told him that they liked me. Then I talked to him and he told me they were offering me a scholarship.
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"I was excited. It's a big deal to get my first offer and it came from a big school like A&M. That's exciting for sure."
Davis spent the previous day in College Station for a junior day at A&M.
"I went to the junior day yesterday," he said. "I had a real good time there. I liked it a whole lot. We met the coaches, saw how they ran defense and offense, how they put you on weights and protein and we watched highlight films. We also met with our position coaches."
Though he plays a number of positions for the Tigers, Davis says the Aggies have a specific one in mind for him.
"They're looking at me as a wide receiver," he said. "I can play safety too and some schools might be recruiting me there. It doesn't make a huge difference to me but I like offense a little more."
Davis has received interest from several programs such as Alabama, Baylor and Missouri. Though he claims no early favorites, he hopes to visit two other in-state schools for junior days this spring.
"I'm probably going to TCU and Texas Tech," he said. "I don't know my exact plans. I'm still getting information and all that."
Playing primarily quarterback on offense this season, Davis passed for 681 yards while adding another 1,346 and 30 touchdown on the ground. He caught 10 passes for 194 yards and a score. On defense he tallied 47 tackles and three interceptions.