The baddest lineman in the country?

You ever met Dr. Jekyl or Mr. Hyde? Ok, have you ever seen him on TV? Well, I suppose we all have, at least in comparison, seeing players off the field, who will talk to you as if you are their best friend, but on the field, they will treat that same person as if they were their worst enemy. Well, what if that person is 6 foot, 6 inches tall and weighs 320 pounds? Well, then, you have Anthony Davis.

I was standing there inside the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, watching a simple enough drill. One lineman on offense, another on defense and the guy on defense had one job:


Get to the quarterback


Not a quarterback, really, a tackle dummy standing in his place, but that didn't lessen the seriousness of the task for the linemen, who needed to protect it. That was his job in high school and this time, he could be facing the best competition he's faced in trying to get that done.


Well, I don't remember who the defensive lineman was, but I remember the offensive linemen very clearly. It was Piscataway, New Jersey's Anthony Davis. He was obviously big, standing close to 6 foot, 7 inches tall and weighing all of 320 pounds. But something that I didn't realize about him became even more obvious after that drill was over in I'd say about four seconds.


He's mean


Here are these guys, t-shirts, shorts, cleats, so it should have been an intense drill, but as far as physical, there's only so much you can do.




Tell that to the defensive linemen who was lying on the ground for about a minute after he had to wedge Davis' elbow out of his ear, once Davis had thrown him to the ground and drove that elbow into the side of his head for good measure.


Davis laughs when he thinks about it, because that's not anything interesting to him. That's what he does. "It's personal out there, because your job is to get by me. My job is to make sure you don't," Anthony said. "I just usually try and make sure they know it's not going to be a good day for them when I get my first shot at knocking them down."


You know what's worse than facing Davis for the first time? Facing him for the second. Anthony knows that look and he usually sees that in the second half of games or when games begin against opponents he has faced before.


You know the look. THAT look. When Davis sees that, that's when the smiling begins.


"You know you got him or he's beat, because they don't come up to the line very fast. They don't really get down very fast. They just get to the line, like they are ready to get up and run the other way."


"I don't mind. That just makes my job easier."


Davis has broken one player's leg on defense, broken the finger of a COLLEGE lineman in a recent drill he did and he's basically wreaked havoc on the minds and bodies of any, who have been "lucky" enough to face him.


Yeah, he's mean


Davis' job will probably be no more difficult than it usually has been as he approaches his senior year. But he'll be doing it from the other side. Piscataway, going from a left-handed quarterback to a right-handed QB, you can figure the inevitable move the coach would make. "I'll play left tackle this year," Davis said.


It won't take long for teams to figure it out. It's hard to miss someone that big. But even if the opposing coaches don't see his gargantuan frame on a different side right away, they could probably ask one of the many coaches who will be in attendance.


Sitting on approximately 10 offers now, Davis said that the attention has been increasing significantly over the last month or thereabouts. He's gone from having offers from teams like Rutgers and Illinois, to seeing teams like Penn State get into the mix, along with Boston College and he said that based on some recent conversations, there's a few more expected down the pipe.


"It sounds like USC is offering and Ohio State, too. Plus, Miami said they are going over my film right now," Davis said.


What does Davis think of this? Is he just waiting for that one offer to come along and then make his decision as early as he can? Davis said that actually the opposite was true. "I am seriously open to anyone and everyone out there," he said. "There's a lot I am looking at and it would be stupid to say that such and such school is going to fit that, especially when I haven't taken a look."


"Location doesn't matter, weather doesn't matter. If they have a good academic program and a chance for me to play my first year, I'm not ruling anyone out at all."


Growing up a Miami fan doesn't even factor into the decision, Davis said. He also said that while the Big 10 and Big 12 are his favorite conferences, he's going to look at anyone from the likes of the ACC, Big East, Pac 10 and SEC just as seriously as those. Heck, if a team in the MEAC fits exactly what he wants, that's the place he wants to be.


But right now he knows that he can't possibly know.


"There's a lot to learn about all of these schools and I am going to look at those looking at me," he said. "I've learned a little right now, but with all these teams, it's going to take some time."


Davis has that, some of if which he'll use this off-season in attending combines, one of which will be the U.S. Army All-American combine to be held at Rutgers April 23rd.


It's not like Davis has to attend it, but he didn't have to attend the junior college combine down in San Antonio this year. It's about proving what you do and proving to those just how you do it.


Davis still believes he has to do that, but even if that isn't true, it gives him a chance to show everyone else exactly what he brings to the field. He'll bring that to anyplace he goes.


"It's about attitude, man," Davis said. "You've got to have it and show the other guy this isn't a place he wants to be. I don't care if it's the game or even practice. You taking me on, you better get ready for it."


"If you aren't, I wouldn't want to be you."

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