Thursday, August 18, 2005

Football - Breaking News

Clemson didn't need this, but rumors on their discussion boards that ATL area standout 4-star running back James Davis is leaving the team.

CLEMSON -- After the morning practice on Thursday it was announced that freshman
running back James Davis has left school to return home to Atlanta. Head
football coach Tommy Bowden will comment on the situation after practice this
evening. Davis was the headliner in Bowden's last recruiting class as he chose
Clemson over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State,
Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. As a senior in high school he rushed for 2500
yards and 28 touchdowns on 350 carries including two 300+ yards games.

Could Davis end up at Georgia Tech? He was recruited by the Jackets but seemed to have interest elsewhere. There is speculation about academics, and there always is the question - could he actually transfer to another ACC school? Many questions and I suppose we'll hear more soon. The reality is that most kids end up staying right where they are. So the likelihood he stays at Clemson...............

UPDATE: Here is Davis's biography from the Clemson website:

Rushed for 2389 yards and 28 touchdowns on 350 carries as a senior...rushed for 300+ yards in two games as a senior.... rushed for 7339 yards and 80 TDs in his high school career...42nd-best player in the nation, 7th-best running back in the nation, and the 16th-best player in Georgia by to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 4th-best prospect in captain in 2004... Georgia North/South game co-MVP..scored the only touchdown to lead the North to victory...17th-best running back in the nation by Tom Lemming of over 5,000 yards and more than 60 touchdowns in his high school career...17th-best running back in the nation by honorable mention All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel...received the Golden Helmet Award from Coca-Cola as the most valuable player of his team...SuperPrep All-American as the 24th-best running back in the nation, he is listed 26th by player in the southeast by SuperPrep.... named class AAAAA All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior...honorable mention All-State in class AAAAA as a junior...first team All-City as a junior... played for Gary Cantrell...chose Clemson over offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech... born James Davis on New Year's Day, 1986.

As I said earlier, he would end up back in Clemson and this would blow over. That's evidently what happened. Case closed.........