Catching up with Jameson Davis

The first prep football player to take an official visit to Wisconsin this fall was Hamden (Conn.) High School quarterback/defensive back Jameson Davis. The 6-0, 185-pound athlete gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers in late August.

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Jameson Davis took his official visit Oct. 11 when Wisconsin hosted Ohio State and ended the defending national champions 19-game winning streak.


"Tradition there is great," Davis said. "I was able to arrive on the bus with the team to the game and walk down this street under the arch—that was just incredible, all of the fans pumped up for the Ohio State game. It was a great tradition there, it was wonderful. You don't see that anywhere else in the United States I don't think."


Of the overall visit experience, Davis said, "It was wonderful. Had a nice hotel room. Saw all of Madison—on campus, off campus. Madison is a beautiful town.


"You get great food, you get tons of it. One thing Wisconsin does is they make sure you don't go home hungry. They succeeded in that, of course."


The experience and the environment on the field more than made up for the unpleasant Madison weather that rainy game evening.


"The rain didn't matter—the excitement, it felt like it was 100 degrees outside," Davis said. "The student section is by far the best I've ever seen in person, on TV, anything. My mom loved it, my dad loved it; it was a great experience, great to be out there."


Wisconsin not only treated Davis to a 17-10 victory, but Davis' friend from Hamden, Badger defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne, had an exceptional game, contributing two sacks, two quarterback hurries and four tackles.


"Anttaj played a great game too," Davis said. "That was cool for me to see my former teammate in high school have a good game."


The night before his official visit Davis had an outstanding game of his own, scoring four touchdowns in a 61-11 victory over Guilford. One week later, he followed that performance in riveting fashion, completing 16 of 25 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Davis also ran for a score in a 27-26 come-from-behind victory over Xavier.


The Green Dragons, though, have had an up-and-down season. Hamden lost to Amity last week, 42-18, falling to 3-4, with four regular season games remaining. The team has suffered from myriad injuries; Davis played through a turf toe ailment that kept him below full strength for the first two games of the season.


"It basically is a sprained toe," Davis said of the injury. "You can't put any pressure on it, you can barely walk. It is real painful but sometimes you have to go through it. Your foot is swollen. It is hard to get your shoe on, it is hard taking it off. You can't really tape it up because it hurts at contact. There is nothing you can do about it but let it heal."


Davis, who said he feels 100 percent now, never missed a game due to the injury.

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