Davis Scrapped His Way to Texas Tech

RaiderPower.com caught up with Mt. San Antonio (CA) offensive lineman and Texas Tech signee Shaquille Davis recently. The junior college All-American spoke about what he expects out of himself and the team in 2014.

Incoming Texas Tech offensive lineman Shaquille Davis said earlier this week he gives credit to his junior college experience for improving his prospects as a football player as well as his actual football abilities.

Davis, hailing from Mount San Antonio College (CA), has the unenviable task of keeping the quarterback in one piece this fall. Bringing strength and depth to the left tackle position, his preferred spot (which could change), he has become a wiser, smarter player – a direct contrast to the more entitled hot-shot recruits who falter because of academics or lack of dedication.

"Most people that go to [junior college] are good…it's much harder at the J.C. level than it is in Division I," Davis said. "It's way harder. It's a struggle. It humbles you more."

Davis did not just survive, he thrived in the junior college system eventually becoming an All-American with a handful of Division I offers. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound athletic lineman expects to flourish in Kliff Kingsbury's pass-happy system.

"In high school, my team passed a lot … I didn't love pass blocking [at first], but when I got to my junior college, I actually learned more about pass blocking and techniques I can use…people don't usually know that, but I think I've had the best offensive line coaches in my life and I'm a good pass blocker."

Davis, who was a junior-college football standout, glossed over a chance at playing basketball at Mount San Antonio, but decided against it, particularly because he would "have to lose a lot of weight" and not be as effective for football.

Reflecting on why he chose Tech, Davis noted the care the players and coaches had for the program.

In a February article from RaiderPower.com writer Cameron Brock, stated that Davis had taken all five of his visits prior to eventually choosing the Red Raiders. He chose carefully and made it clear recently he has major ambitions for Texas Tech this fall.

"We're going to be major contenders this year … it's past the point of an up-and-coming program."

Expect Davis to report in either June or July; as soon as his transcript can be processed.

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