We scratch our head every recruiting cycle as there are some superbly talented players who get overlooked here in South Carolina. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons as to why some prospects aren't offered but there honestly doesn't seem to be the case with 5'9 160 pound Dashawn Davis of Chapman High School. One of the most dynamic wide receivers in the state the past two seasons you'd expect schools to have him firmly on their radar. Is that the case?
"Lately I haven't really talked to any schools at all," Davis said.
Given his body of work during his career at Chapman it comes as a huge surprise. His play still saw him put up big numbers despite a new quarterback and offensive system in place during his senior season. The talented 2015 prospect still managed to rewrite the Chapman record books.
"I broke the schools records for career receiving yards and receptions."
Davis and the Panthers were eliminated from the AA playoffs last Friday but it was still a successful season for Davis as he had 83 catches for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"The school records were 218 catches for 3,573 yards. I also scored 35 touchdowns during my career."
Despite the prolific numbers things have been quiet Davis said but he's wanting to see the recruiting process pick up here soon.
Last season paired with current South Carolina freshman wide receiver Tyshun Samuel, Davis didn't see a lot of double teams or gimmick defenses to defend him. That changed this season with him as the primary target, ushering in a brand new quarterback, and a new offensive coordinator as well. Davis talked about his senior season and how things went.
"To be honest I don't know how I did it. Teams knew I was the target I guess but I seemed to still have a pretty good season. I think it was the way the coaches called the plays because the plays weren't designed to get me the ball every time, they were designed to get everybody open and I just happen to be open 83 times. Breaking two school records this year that I didn't realize I had broken until my coaches told me about it. I was pretty excited about that but they weren't my main focus for the season."
When talking with other prospects and coaches who've faced Davis during the past two seasons there were tons of compliments and respect for his talents on the field. One conference opponent we talked to this week summed things ups quite well as many had similar remarks regarding Davis' skills.
"Dashawn Davis killed us these past couple of seasons and the bad thing is we knew he was going to get the ball, but he is just so explosive we couldn't really do a whole lot to stop him. He's like an amped up video game player with ratings in the 90's when he's on the field. You'd think you've got an angle on him and he's just so quick. There were times we'd slow up because we'd have 3 or 4 guys around him and he'd get away from them. He may be short but the way he plays and with the heart he plays with you can't help but admire a dude that brings it the way he does. Nothing but respect for Dashawn Davis, wish we had him on our team. Can't believe he doesn't have any offers, he's a beast to try and deal with!"
Davis himself had this to say when it comes to his recruitment.
"There's nothing else I can do, its up to these college coaches, but whoever offers me won't regret it."
Davis will get one more opportunity to suit up after being named to the North-South All-Star Game. Knowing his skill set hopefully the coaches will be able to showcase his talents for college coaches looking down the stretch. He shared with us some aspects of his game that he felt improved the most since the start of his senior season.
"I'd say my speed improved, my field awareness, and I started playing more aggressive this season."
Grades aren't an issue with Davis currently reporting a 3.87 GPA in the classroom. He's taken the ACT and SAT and qualified but will retake them both soon to improve his scores even more.
We'll have his senior season highlights soon so stay tuned here on SCPrepNation.com for more with one of the state's most underrated prospects regardless of position in 2015.
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