It may not necessarily be establishing a pipeline to the state, but Arkansas appears to be somewhat fond of Canada.
A few months after landing possibly Canada's best high school football player – safety Brett Weir (6-4, 220) – the Razorbacks are sizing up another player with a familiar name north of the border.
Victoria Mount Douglas tailback Terrell Davis (6-0, 215, 4.6) – who is no relation to the former Denver Broncos running back of the same name – was on hand this week for the Razorbacks' football camp.
"I had a great time down here," Davis said. "This is big-time football."
Davis is getting interest from Oregon, Oregon State and Washington and has been awarded the Ducks' top running back in camp the past three season.
He decided a way to get his name out would be to go on a tour of schools in the states.
""It's a little bit harder when you are coming out of Canada," Davis. "But, that's why I'm going to a bunch of camps in the summertime, to get my name out there. Washington, Washington State and Idaho are some schools looking at me. The last couple of years I have been going to the Oregon Ducks football camp. I'm going to camps (this year) at Washington, Washington State and Idaho."
Davis, who does not know Weir personally, had seen Arkansas on TV and decided to take a chance.
"I sent my film to them and they said they wanted me to come down and check out camp," Davis said. "That's why I came here."
He knows that Arkansas is a big-time program.
"I know that competed well against Alabama, Auburn and schools like that. So that's why I wanted to come down here and check out the schools. They have great facilities. This indoor facility right here is amazing as is the weight room."
He started out playing football at age 7, worked his way up playing community football for the Saanich Wolverinces and the Victoria Renegades before landing for high school football at Mount Douglas.
He has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his last three high school seasons.
"I think I am a big, physical back," Thomas said. "I think I have quick feet, but I would like to work on getting faster. I would like to running with 4.4. 4.5 speed."
Davis has been selected to play in the Football Canada Cup on July 9-15 at the University of Lethbridge.
Davis notes that his high school plays under American rules in the British Columbia High School Football Association while others play under Canadian Football League rules that encompass wider and longer fields.
"It's not like anything in Texas," Davis said, "but at my high school and the other schools around my area we play American football. All the other schools on the other provinces play Canadian football rules. There is like 40 schools that play American football there."
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