Knoxville Back Thrilled By Offer

When Daryl Rollins-Davis got the word from Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin he was surprised. And thrilled.

"They have been talking to me for a while,'' said Rollins-Davis, a 5-foot-9, 173-pounder senior running back at Knoxville (Tenn.) Fulton. "So when they finally offered me I was kinda surprised. But I was very pretty exciting. It was thrilling, especially with a program like Arkansas State."

Until that point it had been a two-team (Middle Tennessee and Appalachian State) for Rollins-Davis' services.

"Yeah it was those two," he said. "I have been to Middle several times and two Appalachian twice. Now with Arkansas State in the picture it is a little mixed up."

He is in his second year of starting for Fulton, which is currently the top-ranked team in Class 4A.

As a junior, Rollins-Davis, who reports several sub 4.4 40s, gained 2,700 all-purpose yards and 2,400 of that rushing. He scored 34 touchdowns, two of them on kickoff returns.

This season he has 1,500 yards and 31 touchdowns for an 8-0 team. In his last game he scored five touchdowns.

"I would say I am an elusive back,'' he said. "Shifty. Not too physical but I don't mind running over you if I have too. I just have been more successful running around people and making them miss."

While ASU, Appalachian State and Middle Tennessee are the front runners, there are also offers from Bucknell, Austin Peay, Citadel, Tennessee-Chattanooga and several others.

Rollins-Davis said the Falcons' lineup in several offensive sets and he could be anywhere from a slot back, to halfback to tailback.

A-State assistant Steve Caldwell, who used to coach in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, has been recruiting him.

"Yeah he would tell me the offensive coordinator and the running back coach had been watching my film,'' he said. "They want me at running back. "