Bellaire's Davis Gets Football, Basketball Looks

Bellaire, Ohio, quarterback Nate Davis attended Ohio State's Junior Day festivities this past weekend. Davis talks about the interest he has received from coaches in both football and basketball. He also shares what the OSU football staff said about its plans at quarterback. Click here for more.

Bellaire, Ohio, quarterback Nate Davis was among the 30 or more junior prospects who attended Junior Day at Ohio State this past weekend.

Davis (6-2, 210, 4.8) is an All-Ohio caliber athlete in both football and basketball and also is a standout in baseball.

"I liked it a lot," Davis said of his time at Ohio State. "We got there about 10 a.m. or so. We went through the locker room and took a tour of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Then, we made a tour of the stadium. I got to talk to the coaches.

"I also spent some time with the basketball coaches as well."

Davis will certainly be among the top 20 juniors in both football and basketball in the Class of 2006. He is wrapping up his third year as a starter for Bellaire's basketball team. The team stands at 14-5 overall and Davis is averaging 29.4 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists per game for the Big Reds. Bellaire opens Division III sectional tournament action against Beverly Fort Frye Feb. 19 at Byesville Meadowbrook.

As a sophomore, Davis was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division III. He helped lead Bellaire to a 22-5 record, losing a double overtime heartbreaker to Versailles in the state semifinals. In that loss, Davis tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Davis burst on the scene in football as a sophomore in 2003, throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. He was a second-team All-Ohio pick in Division IV and led Bellaire to an 11-3 record and the state semis as well.

This past fall, Davis again guided the Big Reds to the Division IV playoffs. He threw for 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns for an 8-4 team.

"I think I do a good job of making the right reads," Davis said. "I believe I also have an above average arm."

And Davis also is a standout in baseball. Last spring, he batted .520 with nine home runs in just 16 games. He was a pitcher, at times, and also batted third in the order.

In an era of specialization and year-round training for one sport, Davis is somewhat of a throwback.

"This spring and summer, I will play baseball, but I will also play AAU basketball and also work out for football," he said. "It's fun to compete. I love to play. I just go nonstop. I don't take any breaks or anything."

Davis hopes to be able to play football and basketball at his college choice.

"That would be my dream," he said. "But I know it would be hard."

Davis is keeping an open mind in terms of what direction and what school he will choose. In football, he is hearing from the likes of Alabama, West Virginia, OSU and Toledo.

"West Virginia said I was their number one recruit," Davis said. "They have not offered, but they've talked about it. Toledo has also talked about offering me."

In basketball, Illinois, Purdue, Syracuse, OSU, Louisville and Cincinnati have all been in touch, he said.

"I am able to score a lot of points, but I don't think that's what people are looking at," Davis said. "I think coaches see that I also rebound a lot and that I'm a pretty good passer. I think those things are what they are looking for. I think I'm able to do it all."

At OSU, Davis talked to a number of coaches.

"I talked to Coach Tressel and (assistant Mark) Snyder and (quarterbacks coach Joe) Daniels," he said. "I really like Coach Daniels a lot. He's a real nice guy.

"Coach Tressel just talked about coming up there for their camp and also coming up for for spring practice and some of their games. I'm going to try and come up for that."

In terms of the quarterback position, Davis said he was told Ohio State is seriously looking at three Ohio quarterbacks – himself as well as Canton GlenOak's Mike Hartline and Washington C.H. Miami Trace's Miles Schlichter.

"There's three of us they said they would be choosing from," he said. "That is kind of exciting to know you are sort of competing for that spot."

Davis said he attended the OSU-Michigan basketball game and then met with basketball coach Thad Matta and the assistants after that win.

"I went and watched the game and that was a lot of fun," he said. "Then, I got to meet everybody there. They are all so nice."

In terms of basketball, Davis is already the third leading scorer in school history with 1,524 points. He has the all-time assists record with 259 and is third in rebounding as well with over 700.

Davis, the brother of former Kent State quarterback Jose Davis, holds a 2.8 GPA and will take college entrance exams in the spring.

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