By COLLIN BROOKS
David Crockett’s Hunter Davis hadn’t gotten the college offer that he wanted, but he didn’t let that deter his work ethic. Davis continued to work out every day with his former teammates who had already inked their offers.
But a couple of weeks ago, he was presented with an offer that he couldn’t refuse from Campbellsville University and he took it on the spot.
“He is a kid that is taking it serious,” David Crockett football coach Jeremy Bosken said. “During the summertime, even before he had an offer he was there in the morning working out. Most kids would kind of just give up when they didn’t get an offer by their senior year that was good enough. But he kept working, after graduation, and when the phone call came he was ready.”
Davis said that he was a little bit surprised when he received the call.
“I didn’t think that I would be able to get an offer, since it was so late in the season and all, so I was kind of surprised when they offered me,” Davis said through a smile before he signed his National Letter of Intent.
So it didn’t take him long to decide, as he accepted the athletic scholarship offer on the same day he got the call.
It’s easy to see why Davis said yes so quickly, as the Tigers won the Mid-South Conference West Division last season and finished the year with an 8-3 record. That was good enough for them to be ranked 11th in the NAIA Poll after a loss to Marian University in the NAIA Football Championship Series. Marian went on to win the national title.
“They are a great program and they have won their conference the past two years and led the country in passing yards,” said Davis, who is expected to play tight end at the next level. “So I think it will be a great fit for me.”
Davis had 33 receptions during his senior season for 431 yards and five touchdowns and he was named to the Mountain East All-Conference team as a tight end. He also recorded 55 total tackles with 27 solo tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks during his senior year as a defensive end.
Davis excelled on the field for the Pioneers as a defensive end, but the coaching staff wasn’t quite sure he would be able to play tight end. Bosken casually admits that was one of his biggest mistakes.
“That is probably one of the places that I screwed up the most,” Bosken said with a smile. “Most big kids are telling you, ‘Oh, I can catch,’ so I didn’t believe him, but the summer of his senior year we started to let him catch and he really impressed us. He is just a football player.”
The Tigers’ coaching staff has asked Davis to bulk up 15 more pounds — to 230 — before he get to campus. That has Davis eating six meals a day so that he can put on the extra bulk in a healthy manner.
But even though Davis will be almost five hours from home, there will be a bit of local flare when the Tigers open the season on the road at the University of the Cumberlands. Davis’ Pioneer teammate James Midkiff recently signed a scholarship to play for the Patriots and the two talked openly with smiles about going up against one another at the next level.