Long-snapping specialist Jeffery Davis has signed with the Greensboro College Pride.
Davis is 5â€™10â€ 210 pounds and was a lineman for the West Lincoln Rebels football team.
Davisâ€™ duty for the head coach Neal Mitchell and the Pride will be handling the long-snapping for the punt team, extra points and field goal unit.
Rebels football head coach Butch Parker is thrilled to see Davis further his football career.
â€œHe worked hard at his specialty of snapping. He was a utility lineman for us, but he wanted to continue with football,â€ he said.
Davis is looking forward to playing football on the next level and believes his work ethic placed him in that position.
â€œTo me itâ€™s a great opportunity coming from a small town, West Lincoln, you donâ€™t get much of a chance to get out. Lucky for me, Iâ€™ve worked hard enough to where I could get out to play college football,â€ he said.
He chose the Pride not only based on football, but also for their strong academic reputation in Davisâ€™ field.
â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to be a teacher. Iâ€™ve been told they were one of the best teaching schools in the state, that was another reason why I wanted to go there.â€
So why is a long-snapper so important? Davis believes thatâ€™s where everything starts on special teams.
â€œThey are valuable, because thatâ€™s where the whole punt sequence starts with. If something messes up there, then it throws the whole sequence out of order. And special teams are a very important part of football,â€ he said.
Parker believes that playing for the Pride is a good fit for Davis.
â€œThis way he can do that (further his career) in a very high and stringent academic program,â€ he said.
Davis believes if it were not for a good support group, he probably wouldnâ€™t be in this blessed situation.
â€œGod, for giving me supporting family and the will to work to get what I got and all the fans that have cheered for us and helped us out even through tough times,â€ he said.
Davisâ€™ parents, Donita Davis and Delaine Davis, are very happy for their son.
â€œHis mom and I are both extremely proud. I really look forward to being able to see him play in college,â€ Delaine said.
Donita and Delaine are also Co-Presidents of the West Lincoln Boosters Club.
Davis, his parents, Parker and West Lincoln Athletic Director Wayne Navey were present for the signing.
by John Mark Brooks