Profile 2003-Champ Davis (Athlete)

<p>Looking for a player with size, speed, smarts and versatility? Plano West athlete Champ Davis could be your answer. Vanderbilt likes him. They've already offered him. </p> </p>

Champ was asked if ‘Champ' is his nickname.

"It is," he said. "My first name is Jerome. I'm a junior (to father, Jerome, Sr.)."

Davis had put down both wide receiver and running back on his Nike questionnaire in May, so he was asked where first year Plano West head coach Mike Hughes would be playing him this season.

"At tailback and either free or strong safety," he said. "It just depends, I haven't played a whole lot of defense in my career (laughing)."

And where would he prefer to play on the next level?

"At wide receiver or somewhere on the offensive side of the ball," Davis said.

Champ really shined on that side of the ball in 2001, rushing for 750 yards with eight touchdowns in addition to catching 27 passes for 230 yards with two more scores.

"I can't remember how many carries I had last year, but it wasn't too many," he said.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound Davis who has posted a 4.56 in the forty, also possesses excellent academics, carrying a 3.5 GPA and scoring a 960 on the SAT and 27 on the ACT.

And what about early favorites?

"I have three, Florida, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech," he said. "And I currently have offers from Iowa, Arkansas, Vandy, West Virginia and Tulsa. I attended summer camps at Florida, Texas and Texas A&M. I don't have a favorite at this point."

And who were the best players he faced last year?

"My teammate, (offensive lineman) Chris Pope, is a tremendous player and there's a guy over at Lake Highlands (offensive/defensive lineman) Franklin Okam who's really good and he'll only be a junior this year."

Something else going for Champ is genetics. His father, Jerome Sr., played defensive back both at Ohio State (Woody Hayes) and Florida State (Bobby Bowden) in the 70's.

Davis is currently ranked 112th overall on the Heartland Recruiting Regional Top 160. Look for him to move up once the season begins.

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