6-7 1/2, 300-pound offensive tackle Eric Davis put in a lot of hard work from the end of his junior season to the beginning of his senior year. The West Springfield (VA) standout not only improved his weight from 265 pounds as a junior to 297 pounds by the beginning of his senior season, he, more importantly, was able to improve his footwork.
“[West Springfield Head] Coach [Bill] Renner and some of the assistant coaches developed a program for me in the off-season last year to improve my footwork,” Davis said. “It really helped with my footwork out on the field.”
In May of 2004, Virginia Tech’s coaches met with Davis and told him they needed “linemen with fast feet.” Davis displayed much improved footwork during his senior season and it impressed the Tech coaches, as they offered him a full scholarship last month.
“I currently have an offer from Virginia Tech,” Davis said. “I’m not sure of the exact date, but they made it in mid-December. Coach Stinespring and Coach Foster were there. They said they liked that I was still growing. I still have that baby-faced look. They said I move well on my feet and I’m a good overall athlete. They also liked that I am a well rounded person.”
Of course, there is the size factor. Including the 30-pounds he gained over the last off-season, Davis has gained 100 pounds since his freshman year. He credits this weight gain to an excellent strength and conditioning program at West Springfield.
“We have a great strength coach who works with us a lot,” Davis said. “Our strength program is phenomenal. The weight program has helped me a lot, and of course I’ve been eating properly.”
Coach Renner has seen his star develop over the past year and believes Davis has only tapped into what he can become.
“Eric’s just got a lot of upside to him,” Renner said. “He’s not your typical lineman in high school. He’s only 17 and he’s 6-7 1/2, 300-pounds. If you saw him, you’d think he was 250-pounds. He could probably get up to 340-pounds on the next level. And he’s light on his feet. He’s not a heavy-footed kid.”
The Virginia Tech scholarship offer was an exciting thing for Davis, who is looking forward to his official visit on the weekend of January 21st. It will be his first ever visit to Blacksburg.
“Right now I’m totally excited to go to Virginia Tech,” Davis said. “I’m honored that they offered me...
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