When he’s playing on the defensive side of the ball, Imani Christian Academy athlete David Davis is a fast, physical athlete who excels in man coverage.
While he’s only a sophomore, he’s a four-star recruit who has offers from area schools like Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia, along with Nebraska, Duke and Kentucky.
Davis said the attention he’s received—like his four-star rating—has helped him grow as a player, encouraging him to go above and beyond in pursuit of success.
“I would say it’s a good process. The opportunities, it’s a different way of life,” Davis said. “It helps me, and it makes me have to mature.”
He has a long way to go in his recruiting process but said after Imani’s loss to Steel Valley on Friday that to this point, Pitt stands out to him most.
“Pitt is one of the schools that has recruited me highly as of right now,” Davis said. “I went to the recent game against Cincinnati. It was a good game. Good energy, good environment.”
While he’s already excellent in man-to-man coverage, Davis said that as he continues to develop as a player, schools want him to hone his abilities in zone coverage.
“Mainly coverage. Some zone, like off-man coverage,” Davis said. “I mean, I like press, I like physical, I’m a physical DB, so mainly they want me to focus on a little bit more coverage off-man.”
Davis also plays running back, where his speed and burst really shine through. While Davis said that some schools are recruiting him to play on offense, it sounds like he favors the defensive side of the ball.
The Pitt Connection
Given his profile as a speedy, physical defensive back who can match up one-on-one with receivers, David Davis would certainly fit in among the wave of similar members of the Panthers’ secondary who excelled over the past two decades, whether recent standouts like MJ Devonshire and Damarri Mathis or program legends like Darrelle Revis. Davis said he likes the way the Panthers’ defense plays together, flocking to the ball.
“I like the way they play, I like the energy,” Davis said. “Fast to the ball, everybody gets to the ball.”