Davis Drawing Early Interest

Many High School WR Rod Davis is a junior prospect who is starting to make noise on the recruiting radar. At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, and with 4.5 speed, Davis has the size and athleticism that makes college recruiters take notice.

Many High School WR Rod Davis is a junior prospect who is starting to make noise on the recruiting radar.  At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, and with 4.5 speed, Davis has the size and athleticism that makes college recruiters take notice.

Despite facing constant double teams, Davis has caught 26 passes for 318 yards this season for 7-1 Many.  Most impressive, however, is the fact that nearly half (10) of Davis' receptions have gone for touchdowns.

"I played in college with guys who went on to play in the NFL," said Many head coach Keith Menard, "and Rod is 'Sunday good.'

"I've coached Rod since he was a freshman and he runs great routes and has tremendous leaping ability (37 inch vertical).  When we throw the ball up in the corner of the end zone, Rod goes up and gets up."

Many is a predominately running team, despite the fact that the Tigers have both Davis and blue-chip Sr. TE Nic Jacobs (LSU commit) on the field.  The Tigers have run for 2,374 yards, in comparison to only 775 yards passing.  In other words, Davis doesn't get as many touches as he would in a wide-open spread offense.

"If we ran a spread offense like Evangel (Christian), Rod would be one of the most well-known and greatest players in the state," Menard said. 

Regardless, Davis makes the tough catch when called upon.

"In the jamboree against (6A) Arkansas High," said Menard, "we threw a ball into the corner of the end zone and Rod almost jumped over the corner's head.

Menard said that Davis turned heads at the LSU football camp last summer.

"Coach (D.J.) McCarthy said that Rod owns the football - that it's his to grab - when the ball is in the air," Menard said.

Davis said that he's receiving interest from LSU, but that he's waiting for his first offer.

A dual-sport star, Davis doubles as a forward on Many's powerhouse basketball team, averaging 14 points per game.  He has been a starter in football and basketball since his freshman campaign.

Davis also plays some free safety (5 solo tackles) for the Tigers, and although the junior is a basketball star, he says that his favorite sport is football.  Favorite teams?  Oklahoma and USC.

"Our goal for the season is to get back to the playoffs and win a state title," Davis said. 
"My strength is probably route-running, but I need to work more on leaping up and catching the ball."

In addition to LSU, Northwestern St. and Tulane have shown interest in the rangy wide out, and you can bet that other recruiters will soon be "leaping up" and taking notice. 


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