September 27, 2010

2012 intro: Drew Davis picking up steam

Drew Davis returned to the football field after missing the season opener for Raleigh (NC) Broughton High due to a broken scaphoid. The linebacker had a screw put in his wrist but returned in the second game of the season with a heavily padded hand. The Capitals' defensive performance immediately turned around with the return of Davis, after allowing 53 points to Cary in the season opener.

"It hurts a little bit now and then but they padded it up well, I can club people with it," the junior middle linebacker joked after the third game of the season, a 23-21 triumph for the Capitals over Athens Drive. Broughton is currently 3-2 and also has NC State senior commit Juston Burris.

"I played against Garner [in my first game back] and it felt pretty good," Davis said. "It's been getting a little stiff. I'm ready to get it out and move it around but it feels good."

Davis unofficially was in on 17 tackles on Friday, in an exciting 40-30 loss to Jack Britt, one of the top teams in the state. He was an all-conference selection as a sophomore linebacker and is only getting stronger as his time back from injury increases.

Davis measures in at a hair under 6-foot-3 while tipping the scales at 215 pounds. The talented defender boasts a 4.68 40-yard dash time and spent this past spring and summer performing across the country at various camps and combines, trying to impress coaches at the next level.

"I did some combines in the spring but I concentrated on camps this summer," he said. "I actually went to State and that was one of my favorite camps. I went to Duke and Wake Forest, also."

Davis admits growing up as a Wolfpack fan and suiting up in his hometown colors would be a dream come true.

"I like being close to my home, my high school, that would be awesome to go there," he said. "I'd like to stay around here."

Davis does not have any plans to visit colleges yet, but that is probably going to start shaping up soon. Davis said that, in addition to State, he would like to make return trips to Wake Forest and Duke.

"Really, I just want to see anywhere I'm able to play," he said.

The junior has impressive weight room numbers, including a 310-pound mark on bench press, 405 on squad and 385 on power clean. He thinks he will play outside linebacker at the next level.

"I think I did pretty well [at NC State's camp]," he said. "I think that was one of my best camps that I went to, it was the last one I went to. The linebacker coach, [Jon] Tenuta, I like him a lot, he was a good coach. He was intense but I liked how he ran drills and stuff."

Davis is already a familiar face at Carter-Finley stadium, frequently making the short trip to see college contests. Right now, he is researching programs and trying to learn as much as possible, though.

"I'd like to go to some [NC State] games. I actually go with friends a lot to games but I'd like to learn more about State."

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