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Recruiting on the South Plains | WR / ATH Reginald Davis


This is a big-time athlete for Texas Tech, and he's one of the four commits from the weekend of the Red-Black Spring Game.  Davis has an offer list as impressive as anyone in the state and it should be noted that DE coach Sam McElroy gets the nod as the guy that is in charge of recruiting Davis.  I think that's an outstanding fit of coach to possible recruit based on what we know about Davis.  More on that later.

The Measurables:

Position: WR / ATH
DTN Profile
Video: Clip 1
Rivals N/A
24/7 Sports N/A
Ht: 6'1" | Wt: 185 lbs | Forty: 4.50
High School: Tenaha (Tenaha, TX)

So much more good good after the jump.

The Player Speaks:  Run, don't walk to the article from Recruitcosm's Jesus Shuttleworth on Reginald.  If you don't read it, you're not going to have an appreciation as to what type of human being Reginald is and what he's had to overcome.  Because I love you, he's a bit, but you better go read the whole thing:

When Tenaha WR Reginald Davis was two years old his Mom died. Six years later, his Dad passed on as well. Eventually, he moved in with his Grandmother, who raised him until she passed away when he was 13.

She left him a trailer house and a broken down car that ran half the time, and he’s raised himself for the most part. Through all this, the kid has never been in trouble and will graduate near the top of his class. He wants to major in Engineering in college.

Davis has had a rough upbringing, but he's obviously made the most of his situation.  McElroy is as honest as the day is long and it wouldn't surprise me that his personality resonates in that room with the Davis family.  This isn't a comment about any of the other coaches, but McElroy's got an awesome reputation in the high school recruiting world and McElroy seems like a father-figure.  I think McElroy is assigned the East Texas area, so he was probably recruiting Davis anyway, but from my perspective, he seems like a coach that is going to get to know you as a human being first and a football player second.

From LAJ's Don Williams' article about the Spring Game Four:

"Probably on our level the biggest difference between him and most of the guys he plays against is his speed," Terry Ward said. "He has a knack for getting to the football and making big plays. He’s hard to tackle when he wants to be. I think his biggest asset in college will be his size, his ability to jump and catch the football and his ability to make plays after he catches it."

Davis’ hometown is in East Texas, near the Louisiana border. The pledge from the farthest distance is Hallmon. Hallmon said he didn’t think when he got on a plane leaving Florida that he would come home a Red Raider — at least not so soon, anyway.

"I had no intentions of committing," he said. "I was really trying to wait for a while. I just got a gut feeling that I had a great fit for that school. I just love it up there. I want to be somewhere where I’m going to be happy, where I’m welcomed."

And if you think that Davis' coach is lying about the ability to jump.  Just wait.


The Video:  Video don't lie:

Reginald Davis Highlights (via 247SportsStudio)


Scouting Report:  First things first.  The second video was probably shot by someone in Davis' family, but in that short 36 seconds, you can see Davis' ability to react, jump off the wrong foot, make a play, and starts getting down the field. 

As far as the actual highlights, there is no question that Davis is the best player on his 1-A Tenaha football team and the opposing team.  He's a spectacular athlete.  There's quite a few highlights from Davis at quarterback, and like a lot of Texas Tech fans learned last year, this staff is not afraid to take players who play quarterback in high school, but project to a different position later.  Davis could project to the secondary or to a receiver position, but he no matter what position he plays, this is a gifted athlete.

Reginald, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2012 Class:  No table until more rankings are released.