Updated: August 17, 2009 at 12:00 am
If Air Force could clone players, there would be Jon Davises all over the field.
“He could play (X) receiver, he could play corner, he could be either safety, he could be a Z (receiver), he could be a returner — he’s just that gifted,” secondary coach Charlton Warren said of Davis, a sophomore who will start at free safety.
“And if you’ve ever seen him pick up a basketball, he’d also probably play basketball for us.”
It was on the basketball court — as a senior at Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati — where Davis impressed coach Troy Calhoun on a recruiting visit.
“You could just tell,” Calhoun said. “He was aware of where the help was on defense, he could see the floor whenever he had the ball and handling the ball was natural for him, getting up in the air was good and the whole bit.”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Davis, who also dabbled in track and baseball in high school, was recruited as a safety. But when he arrived at the prep school, there was a need for cornerbacks.
“They asked me if I wanted to play corner, and I said, ‘That’s fine, I just want to get on the field and play,’” Davis said.
He’ll play alongside senior strong safety Chris Thomas, a preseason All-Mountain West Conference selection, forming a tandem that has coaches excited.
“He just needs to keep getting reps,” Warren said. “I think he’s going to be a special kid.”