Greenwood HS's Brandon Davis a Sleeping Giant

[Premium Article] Greenwood High School coach Charles Brady compares his star offensive lineman to a sleeping giant.<P> If Brandon Davis, a 6-foot-6, 329-pound senior, ever wakes up and realizes his full potential, things could get scary for Bulldog opponents.

"I don't think he fully understands what he's capable of. There's no limit for him," Brady said.

Davis' mammoth frame has college coaches salivating. He is drawing recruiting interest from LSU, Mississippi State, Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Alabama and all three of Mississippi's Southwestern Athletic Conference schools.

Tom Lemming, recruiting analyst for ESPN Insider and editor of the Prep Football Report, came to Greenwood in March to visit with Davis. Lemming considers Davis one of the top prospects in the South going into the 2002 season.

"Everybody is overwhelmed by a guy this big who is agile and can move. He just turned 17, and his potential is unlimited," Brady said. "He is sometimes a laid-back guy. The biggest thing Brandon has to do is become self-motivated. Everything else he's got."

The soft-spoken Davis says he plans to play with more aggression and mental toughness this season.

"It's my senior year, so I want to go out with a blast and show people what I can do. I've worked hard this summer on my mental toughness, trying to ignore the heat and fatigue during workouts," he explained.

From his tackle position, Davis will anchor the right side of the Bulldog offensive line.

"We hope to really attack people hard off tackle behind big Brandon," Brady said. "We will also get him on defense at nose guard to shut down the run in critical situations."

Anticipating double duty, Davis says he worked hard during the offseason to build up his endurance.

Bill Burrus is the Sports Editor for the Greenwood (MS) Commonwealth newspaper. He will be writing occasional Mississippi Delta related stories for Gene's Page. You can contact him by email at

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