Junior update: Fort Worth Dunbar's D.J. Davis

As promised, <I>IT</I> brings you quite the athlete again, and we're talking another kid from Dunbar High School. Like <B>Marcus Walker</B> of Waco and <B>Bobby Tatum</B> of Ft. Worth Dunbar, <B>D.J. Davis</B> nailed down top five athlete honors at the recent two-day combine in San Antonio.

Davis, at 6-0, 190 pounds, brings 4.3/4.4 speed to Ft. Worth area gridirons and can play a few different positions. As a sophomore, he locked down the corner position the first five games and free safety the rest of the season while on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, Davis played receiver to start the year but finished off the last seven games at QB, where he eventually became a unanimous all-district selection, leading his team to the state semifinals.

As a junior, the Dunbar standout played QB all season, throwing and running for 1,500 yards and 15 TDs. He also recorded 45 tackles, two INTs, two sacks, 8-9 PBUs and two forced fumbles while alternating between corner and free safety.

With a 35-inch vertical, 9-foot, 6-inch broad jump, 13 bench reps @ 185 pounds, 315-pound bench max, 465-pound squat mark and a 235-pound power clean, Davis not only passes the eyeball test and strength requirements, he's an athlete who projects as a wide receiver, corner, safety, or possibly even quarterback on the NCAA D-I level.

Sportin' the same four offers (A&M, K-State, Wisconsin and Arizona) as his teammate Bobby Tatum, Davis said, "We'd like to go to the same school and play together."

It's not surprising to see these two already being offered by the same four programs. Whether or not they end up together will be something to follow because Davis is slightly leaning toward a Big 10 school while Tatum slightly favors an SEC West school.

Davis excels in track, earning a 2nd-place finish in the 400 with a 47.2 at regionals and a 48-flat to take 4th at state. That was as a sophomore, mind you. The Dunbar junior also runs on the sprint relay and mile relay teams. Track and field is right around the corner and Davis, who works out with Tatum, will look to improve on his and Tatum's marks during their junior campaigns as well as forming one of the state's top sprint and mile relay teams in 4A.

During the summer, Davis will be running on a national track circuit for the Hallmark Eagles track team, a group that own one of the nation's elite mile relay teams. "The summer before my freshman year we took first in the state and then moved on to Pennsylvania where we also took first before getting third in New York," said Davis. "The summer before my sophomore year we took first in the state before moving on to California where we finished second. Last year, I got Bobby to come and join us and our team took first in state again, went to Nebraska and finished third."

Asked what he thought about getting all of this early love, the Dunbar athlete said, "Gettin' love early means you have to work even harder to get more."

Look for more on D.J. Davis in this week's edition of the Inside Texas Inside Scoop.

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