Devin Davis: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Nacogdoches High School head coach Scott Ford about Devin Davis, a 6-5, 270-pound offensive lineman from Nacogdoches, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Scott Ford: I think his biggest strength is that his brightest days are ahead of him. I've only been here nine months and when I got here he was probably 245 pounds but now he's walking around at 270, and he wears a size 18 shoe. He's got humongous hands. He's got a very, very bright future.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Scott Ford: Probably the speed and the physicality of the game. He's going to have to live in the weight room. But he's athletic enough to make the adjustment. I think that's probably just something that all incoming freshmen have to deal with.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Scott Ford: No, there really isn't. He was really just a model of consistency. He played well every game, and played at a high level.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Scott Ford: Athletic, intelligent, and potential.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Scott Ford: I think they were the first ones to recruit him... they were here in the spring. I think what really helped was the offensive line coach, Wickline, was here. He wasn't here just once. He really evaluated Devin thoroughly and started developing a relationship with Devin, and I just think after he went to their summer camp he just had a level of comfort. He felt like that's where he was wanted, and that's where he wanted to go. It was a combination of things.

What type of impact do you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Scott Ford: That would be hard for me to say not being overly familiar with the situation there. But I know he's a high character kid and I don't think you can have too many of those kids. Only time will tell how much he affects it on the field, but I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being an all-conference player there.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Scott Ford: I expect him to accomplish great things. After being around the kid for nine months he's grown leaps and bounds. There was nothing he wasn't willing to do, whether it was running and sprinting, all the things that linemen hate, he was willing to do anything to get better. Like I said, with his measureables combined with that work ethic, and going to Oklahoma State to play for Coach Wickline and Coach Gundy, I just think he's going to do great things there as long as he stays healthy. I wouldn't be shocked if he made a name for himself.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Scott Ford: Just his work ethic. Really, there's nothing he wouldn't do. To have a Division I athlete that you've only known for a few months and he's willing to do all those things and never complain, that's what I'll remember about him, the example he set for our younger kids.


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