TAMPA – For every jaw-dropping catch Jefferson receiver Andre Davis makes in a game, he probably makes two in practice.
The three-star recruit has had his share of highlight-film worthy grabs, but the best-kept secret is that this year he’s been making them despite not being 100 percent.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Davis is just getting healthy from a nagging ankle injury, but it hasn’t stopped him from remaining one of the bay area’s most feared wideouts. Heading into Friday’s Class 3A-8 game at Spoto, in which the Dragons can all but clinch the district title, he has 26 catches for 638 yards and six touchdowns.
Before a recent practice, Davis took time out to chat with Times staff writer Eduardo A. Encina about his recruiting, nicknames, playing in a pass happy system and his ultimate goal
How is your recruiting going?
I’m down to seven, but Georgia and Cincinnati came back into the picture a little with Rutgers, Texas Tech, Florida State, USF and West Virginia.
As you try to make up your mind, what’s going to be important to you in choosing where you go?
Well, it’s got to be a school with my major, which is business management. Most schools have it. The coaches, if I click with the coaches, I’m going to think about that. And also if I’m able to play early.
What’s been the biggest surprise about the whole recruiting process for you?
Just certain teams that I haven’t gotten offers from in the beginning but now have started coming after me. Like Georgia just came into the picture.
Is there one school you didn’t see being a favorite early on that’s really impressed you?
Texas Tech, them and Rutgers. They were recruiting me the hardest and they stayed with me through the whole process and they’re still with me now.
You grew up a Miami fan. Where to they stand?
They’re pretty even with everyone else.
Your receiving corps is nicknamed the Dog Team and each one of you guys has a nickname. Who has the best nickname?
I think I like Charles Booth with “Booth Smooth.” Either that or “Freak Show,” which is mine. I like mine because I earned that name.
What makes Jefferson different this year?
It’s just a team thing. There’s a camaraderie here and a togetherness. We’re one team. Playing with these boys day in and day out, it’s unforgettable. It’s great.
After going to the state semis last year, would anything less than a state title be a disappointment?
Yeah it would. It would. That’s the goal man. That’s the only goal I have. I don’t care about stats or anything. I care about a state championship.
How much do you guys still think about that night you lost in Pensacola to end last season?
It was so cold that night, and during the game, I didn’t even feel the cold, but after that came, that loss was just so tough. It’s a big motivation. It’s my biggest motivation, that and C.J. Mills. It gives me the motivation to do my best day in and day out.
-- EDUARDO A ENCINA (email@example.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)