Omaha North’s James Davis gets camp praise from peer and foe

Posted on June 19, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Burke’s Eric Cummings shares first camp experience

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit

    James Davis, Omaha North’s  6’ 3″ 300 lb O-line recruit gets, nods of approval from one of his combatants as being the toughest pass blocker to beat during the Huskers’ Thursday, June 12th, camp session.

    Omaha Burke’s 6’ 2” 265lb, DT, Eric Cummings, who describes his first college camp outing as “a learning experience,” got a chance to face up against all of the top O-line campers at the session. Cummings stated that during the one-on-one pass drills that the Omaha North Viking clearly established himself as the “toughest“ O-lineman to beat.

“I went up against Jon Lechner  [from Creighton Prep] and that big 6’ 7″ giant kid [Brent Qvale from Williston, ND] but neither one of them came close to giving me as much trouble as Davis.” Cummings added that Davis not only gave him trouble, but he also gave trouble to everyone else who attempted to beat him to “get to the spot.”

    Intrigued, I asked Eric Cummings what separated Davis from the others during the pass drill:

  His technique—He just had a good base and could move his feet and he was good with his hands,” said Cummings.”

    O-lineman recruit, Jon Lecher, who holds numerous D-I offers also, praised Davis’ camp performance. During his post camp Huskers interview,  the web site attributes Lechner as having quoted the following:

 I thought James Davis of North did pretty well today” 

    Yet despite his performance and praises from peer and foe, Davis left the Huskers’ camp without an offer.  Having attended Missouri’s camp last week, this makes the second time that Davis has broke camp without those sought after words.

    Davis, like many of the other O-linemen who already hold offers, has areas of his game that he needs to improve.  But what separates Davis the most from the O-linemen that already have offers is something that he has no control over—his height.  Many  D-I schools favor O-Linemen in the 6’ 5” or above range.  And if you are shorter—you better have a complete game. But very few high school linemen—regardless of height—have compete games.     It’s unfortunate, but Davis will be scrutinized a lot more closely for flaws in his game due to his lack of ideal height.      

    Davis is a load and he has performed well enough during his past two years of high school football that he has drawn the attention of numerous D-I schools. And now that he is attending camps and performing well, while getting praise from his peers and foes, some college is bound to be the first to pull the trigger on Davis. 

    As for Cumming: He explained that his experience taught him a lot.   Cummings said,

Carl Pelini thought I had some fast hands and that he liked the way I came off the ball. He also said I had a good bull rush, but that I needed to develop some more moves. Because when top guys get in football shape they will be able to beat it because they’ll know what’s coming.”
Question:        Was the bull rush the only move you used?
  Cummings:   ”Yea, basically.”
  Question:      “Why?”
  Cummings:   “It was working!” Cummings exclaimed. 
  Question:        Was there any other linemen recruits that looked good?
  Cummings:    “Young [Kevin, DE  from Olathe, KS North] showed a
                             lot of speed and quickness. He should be good”

    He said that he realizes now that college coaches at these camps want to see the entire arsenal and not just one weapon  He also mentioned that Carl Pelini spent good quality time with the players explaining Nebraska’s D-line techniques and philosophy. He believes that what he learned will help him perform better at future camps and through next season.

    I asked Cummings where he thought he stood with Nebraska:

I think Pelini [Carl] liked me, but he said that I needed to work on getting quicker to the spot and not just relying on my bull rush. He [Carl Pelini} said that they [Nebraska staff] don’t know yet who they well offer or who they will ask to be walk-ons and/or how many DTs they will offer. Basically, they want to see how I developed over the next few weeks during other camp visits and maybe even through the first few games of next season before deciding anything on me.”

Cummings’ next stops will be next week at Iowa and Iowa State.



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