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June 25, 2014

Salem's La Tony Davis Commits

For years, the Salem SunDevils have been one of the tougher teams to beat on the gridiron in Hampton Roads. A bevy of prospects have come out of the Virginia Beach school and gone on to play at the next level. One FCS program hopes it scooped up a gem in Class of 2015 defensive back La Tony Davis.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Davis has given a verbal commitment to Coach Marty Fine and the Bryant University Bulldogs out of the Northeast Conference in Rhode Island.

Davis, who was invited to Duke's Junior Day earlier this month and was courted by the Blue Devils, took an unofficial visit to Bryant in late April. He says that he wasn't looking at too many other schools outside of Bryant to play his College Football.

"The coaches are down to Earth and the area is an area that I feel I can grow at, plus the coaches said I will be getting early playing time and the number five," Davis told VirginiaPreps.com. "The coaches like that I'm aggressive and that I can help create a lot of turnovers, which will keep the offense on the field."

Last season as a junior, Davis recorded roughly 60 total tackles, 12 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. In Salem's 36-7 region playoff win over Kempsville, he had an 83-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Davis was named Second Team All-Beach District for a SunDevils team that finished 11-3 overall, one win away from reaching the Group 5A State Championship game, and gave up only seven points to each of their four playoff opponents. He's the second Salem player from the Class of 2015 to commit, joining fellow defensive back D.J. Davis (Old Dominion). They have three others with scholarship offers in three-star defensive end Trevon Hill, TE/DE Nijee Cox and lineman Army Motu'apuaka.

"LaTony is a little different than D.J. He's more of that Deion Sanders type, flamboyant with some swag to him and is going to look the part. LaTony's a good player and a lot of the I-AA schools liked him and showed an interest in him," remarked Salem Head Football Coach Robert Jackson.

"He's got good hips, good feet and hopefully we'll give him a chance to show what he can do this coming season. As a corner, he's a natural out there. He's got no problem coming up striking, and that's one of the things the coaches notice. Plus if you're scared to tackle or hit, you can't play here."

Bryant University has played all of its games the past two seasons in the Northeast portion of the country with road games in Connecticut, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania. Under Coach Fine, the Bulldogs have gone 62-46 in ten seasons, posting a 5-7 mark last year.

Davis is looking to increase his productivity level for a SunDevils team that is among the top contenders for the Group 5A State Championship.

"I want to be All-State instead of just getting All-Beach. I also want to get more interceptions next season, force more fumbles and get more fumble recoveries," Davis commented. " I want to leave a name for myself after this season, receiving a ring and be able to see Coach Jackson proud of his boys."

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Matthew Hatfield has covered football and basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail [email protected], and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday at 10AM on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.



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