The Missouri Tigers had a very talented group of campers for their first team camp of 2015. Especially among the underclassmen who were there.
One of those talented younger prospects, Kansas City (MO) Hogan Prep 2017 WR/ATH DaRon Davis 6'2" 190-pounds 4.5 forty, 36" vertical jump, made such an impression on the Tiger coaching staff that he was extended an offer before leaving on Saturday.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Davis following camp.
"I'm very excited," said Davis. "When Coach Pinkel called me over before the awards were given out, I was trying to act professional and not show a lot of emotion, but I was really excited inside. I could not believe it was happening. He said that he thought I was an amazing young man and very talented, and that they want me to come play for them at Missouri in two years and commit to them when I am ready."
Davis has had his eye on a Mizzou offer prize for some time now.
"I have wanted a Mizzou offer for a long time now. There were a lot of practices and I was really tired at times, but I knew I had to keep working hard and show my abilities. Missouri is my dream school, and my intentions were to come here and show the coaches what I could do and get and offer. I did that, and it feels amazing!i made my father very proud."
While Missouri is his dream school, Davis is not ready to make such a big life decision just yet.
"Mizzou is a very good school, with great coaches and I love it and have wanted to go there for a long time, but I am just a sophomore, so I am going to take my time before I make a decision. I want to see what all my options are over the next couple of years," he said.
While at camp, Davis made one outstanding catch after another playing receiver, including some very difficult ones in traffic, and having to adjust his body in the air for some balls not right on target. Not bad for an All-State running back.
"I have pretty good hands and was able to out jump all the corners here on some passes. I played running back once I arrived at Hogan Prep, but I had played wide receiver before that growing up and when I was at Summit Christian before I transfered. The Hogan coaches put me at running back and I ran for 1,800 yards and 24 TDs my sophomore year, and was named first team Class 3 All-State and first team All-District. I can definitely catch the ball. This year I think I will be playing some on defense due to our numbers."
Davis is also a standout on the track team in the long jump, high jump and 4x100 relays. He said he had a PR of 23-feet in the long jump.
He also self reported testing numbers of 4.5 in the forty, and 36" in the vertical jump.
" I had never really done a vertical jump test. Coaches told me that I do them straight-legged, but if I learn proper technique that my vertical jump is probably more like 40"," said Davis.
Missouri was the first of several camps DaRon Davis will be attending this summer.
DaRon Davis is the second in-state player in the 2017 class Missouri has offered.