Most recruits only have the trouble of trying to decide which school to attend, but Bellaire, Ohio, quarterback Nate Davis also has to decide what sport he will play.
The 6-3, 215-pound Davis is a standout in football, basketball and baseball. While he has already eliminated baseball from the mix, he cannot pick a school until he picks a sport.
"I wanted to play basketball," said Davis. "But I'm getting more interest in football and I have a better chance of playing football in college."
Davis, a two-time Division IV All State football player and two-time Division III All State basketball player, is a well-rounded athlete and has thrown for more than 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons at quarterback. In basketball he averaged 28 points per game as a junior, and in that sport he will not play in college – baseball - he hit nine home runs in 15 games last season.
"Playing more than one sport has always helped me in all my sports," said Davis. "Playing quarterback and catcher help me keep my arm strong and basketball and football keep me quick."
Davis considers himself a pocket-passer, although he can also burn teams with the run. In his team's season-opening 34-18 victory over Wheeling Park, Davis completed 12-of-20 passes for 210 yards while also rushing three times for another 37.
Davis currently has offers to play football for Indiana and Toledo, but has heard from most of the Mid-American Conference schools as well. While growing up in Ohio in the middle of Big Ten and MAC country, Davis got a taste for both conferences.
"It doesn't matter if I play close to home or not," said Davis. "I did grow up watching both the Big Ten and the MAC and my brother played in the MAC at Kent State. So I wouldn't mind playing in either conference. I'm used to being a MAC fan from watching him play in college. I like that conference because every team in that conference seems to like to pass a lot and what quarterback wouldn't like that."
What Davis is looking for is a school with a strong education program so he can continue to give back to his community after he graduates from college.
"I'm looking for a school that can give me what I need academically," said Davis. "I want to major in special education so I can be a teacher when I graduate. I've been working with mentally handicapped children for the last two years and it makes me feel great that I can help someone.
"It all started when one of my teachers asked me to help out and I said all right. Being a teacher would also allow me to be a coach down the road if I want. I like being the leader of my team and I like the coaching aspect of sports."
With one season left to go at Bellaire, Davis knows he only has one shot left to capture his dream – or is it three shots?
"My goal is to win state this season in any sport I play," said Davis. "We lost in the semi-finals last season in football and we had a couple of guys hurt. That hurt the whole team. Now we start over healthy and a year wiser and I like our chances."
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