Tristan Davis does it all for the Tri-Cities (Atlanta, GA) football team. The 5-11, 198 pound athlete plays about eight different positions for his team. He has done a good job this season, leading Tri-Cites to a 5-4 record and a playoff match-up tonight versus Chattahoochee.
“I’ve played well when I’ve been out there,” said Davis. “I missed two and a half games this year because of an injury. When I’m out there, I’m taking care of business. On defense I only play free safety. On offense, I play tailback, slot receiver, wide receiver, punter, kick-returner, punt-returner, and I’m the short snapper on place kicks. I would be the long snapper on punts but I’m the punter.”
Tailback and free safety are his primary positions, and the places most schools envision him playing on the next level. Colleges are recruiting him as an “athlete,” meaning he is versatile enough to play a number of different positions.
“Teams are recruiting me as an athlete-type player,” said Davis. “I really like tailback and free safety, but I don’t have a preference between the two. Most also want to try me out at cornerback, but I think I want to stay at free safety.”
The main list of schools right now includes Auburn, Florida, Maryland, UNC, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Davis holds scholarship offers from all except for Auburn.
Virginia has been recruiting him very hard since the spring evaluation period. They offered him early, and the amount of interest they have shown is making a difference.
“I really don’t have any favorites, but Virginia was the first school that really wanted to get to know me,” said Davis. “In the spring, Coach Groh personally came to see me. That meant a lot, that a head coach – a former NFL head coach – came to see me personally. You don’t forget something like that – when your sitting there eye-to-eye with someone like that.”
Virginia Defensive Line coach and Recruiting Coordinator Mike London has made a difference as well. The two talk often, about football and life outside of football. London’s charismatic side has made an impression on the talented Georgia prospect.
“Coach London will call me from anywhere,” said Davis. “He’ll call me from a 7-11 and tell the cashier that he’s speaking to a number one recruit. He didn’t exactly do it like that, but something like that and it felt good.”
Davis will make an official visit to Virginia next weekend. It will be...
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