After a dominant campaign in 2014, senior defensive back Rashon Davis entered his senior year fully aware of the expectations placed upon his team. This helped to motivate Davis, and his focused approach was called upon in spades down the stretch.
“From a team standpoint, I think we came into the season with some expectations because of what we did last year,” Davis told Today’s U. “I think everyone worked hard in the offseason because we knew we had to live up to the hype. Our first couple games, we proved ourselves to each other. We had some young guys step up and as the season went on, we had some guys go down with injuries. That’s when we had our young guys step up. Towards the playoffs, that’s when we really turned it up.”
At the season’s conclusion, the Cadets boasted a 13-1 record, falling one game short of a state championship. Despite an anti-climactic finish, Davis believes he took several steps in his development as a leader, a quality that he hopes to carry onto his college career.
“From a personal standpoint, I think it went well,” Davis said. “I had more of a leadership role as one of two senior defensive backs. I moved into more of a leadership role in the secondary and the defense overall when our starting linebacker went down. It was kind of me and Myles Taylor, our defensive lineman, we were the vocal leaders on defense. I think the season for me went really well. It allowed me to grow a lot going into college.”
Davis finished with 33 tackles and two interceptions from the cornerback position. Over the course of the year, he worked to improve on his press coverage and the 6-foot, 170-pound prospect says he would prefer to play in a 3-4 defense that runs a lot of nickel due to his skill set.
“I would say I’m a bump and run, man coverage type of corner,” Davis said.
On the recruiting trail, Davis says he was beginning to receive a lot of interest before he committed to Eastern Michigan.
“Before Eastern, recruiting was picking up heavily,” the recruit explained. “I was getting phone calls every night from small schools at first, but then the schools got bigger. I had some interest from Indiana and Syracuse. I went on an official to South Dakota State and my second one was to Eastern Michigan. I had planned a couple after that, but after I went to Eastern we had an in-home visit the next week and I just fell in love, so I decided to pick that one.
“After the commitment, I still hear from a lot of the schools that were recruiting me before. They are saying congratulations, but asking also if I am still keeping my recruitment open or if I will go on official visits.”
When coaches ask if Davis is considering other offers, the senior recruit says that answer is dependant on which school is pursuing him.
“It depends on the school,” he said. “Obviously I would still take bigger interest, but I am pretty sold on Eastern Michigan. When you look at Eastern’s record, they aren’t the best team. But when I was up there, [Chris] Creighton sold me on the direction its going. The old coaches hadn’t set up the right mindset. Coach Creighton showed me one-on-one what his plan was and I bought into it.”
Davis says that he does not have any other official visits planned as of right now.