"I was eight and I was 5-8 and about 135 pounds," Davis said. "I had to play football with the 11, 12 and 13 year olds. They all picked on me and I whined and complained to my coach. So he called me a big baby and the name stuck. And to this day, I honestly do not mind it."
Well, Big Baby is getting the last laugh now because he can write his own ticket in either football or basketball or both sports. He is that good. In basketball, he can play any position on the floor but prefers power forward or center. Last season as a junior, he averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds for his University Lab, his high school hoops team. Get this, in football, according to his high school football coach Wayne Williams, he rushed the ball 124 times for 707 yards and 9 touchdowns in six district games last season. He also played tight end.
"He could have rushed for a lot more yards but we played him a lot at tight end," Williams said. "Glen is the most gifted big person I have ever seen in 34 years of coaching. Last season, he came in at 370 pounds and he had less body fat than our 180 pound linebacker. I just see a great future with him anywhere on the football field. At tight end, he has great soft hands. When he wants to block, the defenders simply disappear."
Here is what Big Baby had to say about his running exploits.
"I mainly played fullback last season. I played a little defensive tackle and had 5 sacks I think. I am agile for a big man. People don't think I can do it (run the ball) and I surprise them. It's not like I am going to run by anyone but I will run over them."
Davis has been with the football varsity since the 10th grade but he has played basketball all of his life.
"I have coached Big Baby since he was nine," Coach Collis Temple said, his AAU basketball coach. "He is the most gifted player I have ever coached and in my opinion, he's the best power forward in the country. Baby has great touch around the basket, is so agile, has great feet, and quickness. Baby has a great work attitude and is very competitive. He also has a jump shot, a fade and bank. Baby can literally play every position on the court. "
His AAU Team, the Sports Academy in Baton Rouge, just won the state championship. That happened on Sunday and in a close game, the opposition decided to press Coach Temple's team. So who would break the press with the championship on the line? Big Baby. The man can handle the rock too.
Dave Telep, TheInsiders.com College Basketball National Recruiting Analyst thinks Davis is a top ten player in the country and he gushes over his talent and athleticism.
"So far this season, Glen Davis is the only big man to win the MVP award at a major AAU event. Big Baby as he's affectionately been dubbed, is big time. The guy is a load on the blocks at 330 but carries it well. Clearly he's a superior athlete. He's tough, strong willed and scores at will. He's too much to handle for high school kids in the post and we hear he's even scarier on the football field."
When it comes to recruiting, Davis has a plethora of outstanding choices already for both sports. In football, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Florida, Syracuse, Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama were the football scholarship offers he could remember. For basketball, LSU, Kentucky, Georgia, FSU, Florida, Oklahoma, UConn, and Indiana have offered. That's pretty remarkable. So what will he do?
"Right now, I really do not have a preference and I really don't know. I need to figure our what sport would benefit me in the future. Regardless, I will focus on the academics. My dream is to play in the NFL or NBA but my goal is to get an education and be successful. Sports are just a tool to get there.
"I want to take my visits and see what is out there. I know I will find my new home when I get that strange feeling when I am there. I also want to see how the coaches are. I want them to be straight up with me and teach me how to be successful both on and off the field and court."
This summer, Davis will play AAU basketball. They are seeded #2 in the National AAU Championships in Orlando in July. They will also take part in tournaments in Las Vegas and Atlanta. Then, it's on to the high school football and basketball seasons this fall and winter. Will he make a decision in November or February? Time will tell.