Player Spotlight: Quinshad Davis
"Ever since I started playing varsity in the 9th grade it's been my goal to have a better year than the last," said Quinshad Davis. "In the off-season I worked on my route running and increasing my speed, and I think it helped me have a big year."
The Greenville/Spartanburg area known as "The Upstate" is where Gaffney, S.C. is located. Davis was named "Breakout Player of the Year" in 2010 by Greenville's WYFF.
"I've been a starter since 10th grade," said Davis. "I think I play smart, have good hands, and use my size and leaping ability to go up and get it. I have good speed, I've run a 4.55 in the 40, but I'd say my best strength as a receiver is in my route running."
Davis comes up big in big games. In a game where the Indians beat eventual AAAA state champion Byrnes, Davis made eight catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Against state runner-up Dorman, Davis had 101 yards receiving to highly-touted senior Charon's Peake's 20. Facing Justin Worley's Northwestern team, Davis had 198 receiving yards. In the Indians two playoff games, Davis had 225 yards receiving.
"It might be a record. I don't know," said Davis of his reception total. "I'm going to have to check into that. It was an incredible year, but it's in the past now. My focus is on conditioning and getting ready for spring practice after basketball."
Davis is a gifted basketball player as well. He helped Gaffney to a 23-4 season and averaged 16 points and 11 boards per outing. He's so busy he doesn't have a lot of time for take recruiting visits, but schools are certainly interested.
"Right now I have three offers from South Carolina, Clemson, and N.C. State," said Davis. "Tennessee has been sending letters, I've heard from Oklahoma State, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, and LSU."
Since he's patiently waiting to immerse himself totally in the recruiting process, he says he's in no hurry to a make commitment to anyone yet.
"I'm probably going to wait to Signing Day," said Davis. "It's going to be all my decision. I'm not interested in coaches telling me I can start right away because I know to get PT you're going to have to earn it. I'm looking at schools with good graduation rates and good overall academics. I want to study business."
Davis is doing fine academically at Gaffney with a 4.3 GPA. He plans on taking the SAT in March. He wears No. 14 for the Indians and hopes to lead them to their first state championship since 2006 in his final season at the school.
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