Ohio Junior LB Getting Looks

Canton McKinley has a history of sending players to the next level, and this season's edition has several Division-I prospects. Junior linebacker Jamal Davis has a chance to be included in that group.

After seeing Canton McKinley junior linebacker Jamal Davis in action last Saturday against Marion Harding, it was easy to see the improvement in his game.

Davis, 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, was inserted into the lineup at mid-season last year when he was 20-pounds lighter and very inexperienced. As a junior, he is more physical and a much more confident football player.

"I was most happy to see our defense play well today, but for myself, I'd say I was just average," Davis stated. "It was good to get out and play in a game situation, and I know I can play a lot better than I did today."

"I was happy with my tackling today, and I thought I broke down well and did what I was taught to do," he added. "I was alright in coverage, and I want to be better at reading fakes better. I need to be more disciplined and not get fooled so much this year."

Although he holds no offers to date, that could change in a hurry for Davis as soon as his junior film is distributed.

"Nobody has offered yet, but there are schools interested," he explained. "Ohio State has been showing interest ever since I went to their camp and did well. I'm very interested in them, and schools like Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State."

"Being at Ohio State was my first camp and I didn't know what to expect," he continued. "I was with some other linebackers with offers, but the coaches said I did as well as any of them, which gives me confidence. Coach (Luke) Fickell and I hit it off really well, and we made a connection as player to coach. He took an interest in me and showed me things that can make me better. Coach Fickell said he will be at one of my games, and that he would be checking up on me. I'm looking forward to being invited to see some college games this year at different schools, and I plan to go to a lot of camps next summer."

EVALUATION: Although extremely raw last season, Davis impressed with his speed to the football and his tackling ability. Now 20-pounds heavier, he still has the speed to run sideline-to-sideline and packs a more powerful wallop when he arrives. Davis will be one of Ohio's top junior linebackers this season.

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