Wide Receiver Shows Up Well at AU Camp

A player who put up impressive numbers last season as a high school junior in the state of Tennessee was impressive as a pass receiver and defensive back at a summer football camp on the Auburn University campus.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the most impressive players at Auburn's first summer football camp of 2006 has received a scholarship offer from the Tigers and Auburn isn't the only college that would like to sign wide receiver Roderick Davis.

Wooddale High standout Roderick Davis from Memphis, Tenn., has offers from SEC schools such as Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Mississippi State in addition to Auburn.

The 6-0, 186-pound Davis showed the speed to beat defensive backs deep in Auburn's seven-on-seven team passing camp. He also was able to jump above the crowd to make catches and was particularly good catching passes thrown into heavy traffic.

Davis says he is glad he made the trip to Auburn and notes that the Tiger program is one he is seriously considering. "It was a great atmosphere," he says of the two-day camp. "I enjoyed the whole facility, I enjoyed the competition. It was a very good camp for me."

Wooddale High assistant coach Brock Green says that there is no doubt that Davis is a serious major college prospect.

"He's a dynamic player," Green says. "He also plays corner and is a kickoff returner in addition to being a wide receiver. He has been starting since his freshmen year. He has grown in size and muscle mass and is extremely fast.

"A good thing about Roderick is that he is a football player," Green notes. "When he gets in a crowd, he knows how to come out of there.

"He is getting attention," Green adds. "A lot of schools have been by to see him. I think he has seven offers. He has one from Auburn and he likes Auburn."

Davis is an explosive receiver who plays well with the ball in the air.

As a junior, Davis put up impressive numbers. He finished the season with 780 yards and a dozen touchdowns on 39 receptions. He also returned five kickoffs for scores.

"My strength right now is my power," Davis says. "I am working at catching the ball better and developing more speed."

Based on the way he played in the two-day passing camp at Auburn where Wooddale finished third of 20 teams losing to champion Glades Central from Florida in the semi-finals, he is already very good at catching a football. He will get more work on that this summer at camps at Hoover High School, the University of Alabama and LSU.

Green says whoever signs Davis, a senior-to-be this fall who is on track academically to be a qualifier, will be getting more than just a good athlete. "He is a happy go lucky kid off the field. On the field he is an intense player. He is a good kid. He doesn't get into trouble. He gets along with people pretty well and he is a very well-mannered young man."


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