With football season still a month away, Long County has one player who is already generating excitement.
Linebacker Jamin Davis has committed to play with Kentucky.
The Blue Tide are coming off a disappointing 3-7 season and hoping to secure the school’s first winning season in 2016. Davis is a key to that expectation.
According to MaxPreps, Davis led the Blue Tide defense in 2015 with 131 tackles and three sacks in 10 games. Looking at Davis’ performance on the field it is obvious that he was made for football.
“Football is a sport that is physically and mentally demanding,” he said. “It requires a lot dedication and most of all I enjoy being very physical.”
The three-star college prospect has also caught the eye of ESPN scouts, being rated as the 46th best outside linebacker in the nation in 2016. 247Sports also reported that Davis has received offers to play for Georgia Tech, Tulane, Southern Mississippi, Louisville, Georgia State, Central Florida, Purdue, North Carolina State and Kentucky.
Davis said it was unbelievable to get so many offers from the different colleges.
“The experience all feels unreal to me,” he said. “It’s just something I have always dreamed of and it is beginning to become a reality.”
Though Davis said he was proud of all the offers, he decided on the Wildcats a couple of months ago.
“The University of Kentucky was a school that felt like home for me the first time I visited the campus,” Davis said. “They really seemed like the school for me and I have earned a tremendous amount of support from my family when I made the decision on their program. They were also very strict on academics, and education is always extremely primary in my family and to me.”
Blue Tide head coach Eric McNair said Davis is a coach’s dream, and a player who always gives 100 percent.
“Jamin is a relentless football player with a nose for the ball and a very fundamental tackler,” McNair said. “He is also a hard worker, a fierce hitter and he that truly enjoys every aspect of football.”
Davis said he has many goals to close out his high school career.
“I want to leave a positive reflection on Long County High school,” the rising senior said. “I want to continue my success in the classroom and be a great mentor to others so that they know if you can picture your dream, you can reach it, even if it requires a lot of hard work and dedication.”
Davis also said he hopes this season will be memorable for the Blue Tide and the best one in school history.
“This will be a season to remember for LCHS and the city of Ludowici,” Davis said. “I am hoping that everyone works hard on and off the field so we can reach our goal to make the state playoffs this season and win a championship.”