By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
There are a lot of things to like about Houston, Texas wide receiver Quartney Davis. His speed. His height (6-foot-2 ½). His hands. Maybe the thing the Langham Creek High standout does the best is go after the ball.
Todd Thompson coached Davis during his prep career. He’s seen Davis develop, both on the field and off.
“He was on some people’s radar last year, but this year, this has really been when he’s exploded,” Thompson said. “He’s amazing. We knew what kind of ability he had and known it all along. We want our kids to be better every year so that their senior year is their best year. Nowadays people sometimes get away from that with the early offers. The kid ends up having a great junior year and then his senior year, he’s more about being recruited.”
That’s not the case of Davis, who only continued to push himself during his final fall playing for the Lobos.
“It’s been a process of getting a little better each year and that means you’re going to improve and that your senior year should be your best. Thompson’s receiver coach, Milton Wynn, played college at Washington State and then went on to play in the NFL with the Rams, the Buccaneers and then with the Ravens.
“He told me that when Q was a freshman that he had a chance to be a Division I receiver, that he was going to be big time,” Thompson said. “He has developed and he’s a good, good kid. He’s an extremely hard worker. He loves playing football. He loves practice and running around and being active. It’s refreshing to be around him because he doesn’t like playing video games or watching TV.
“He wants to play. He works out in the athletic period and then he comes back in after school and get another workout in. Then he goes to track practice and he will go work with a speed coach to work on his footwork. It’s all day for him, non stop.”
Thompson felt like Davis could grow another inch. He added that it seems like Davis has gotten faster each year.
“He was always pretty fast but I remember about this time last year, my track coach came in and said ‘Coach, have you seen Q run?’ I said ‘Yeah, I’ve seen him run.’ They said ‘No, he got really fast,’” Thompson said with a laugh. “He’s in the 4.4s. He ran a 4.42 on the laser at the Nike camp this past summer, which is very fast. And he runs on all three of the relays in track.”
Davis didn’t leave the field this past fall, Thompson said. Davis was the leading kick and punt returner in the district and he also played cornerback on defense.
“He played corner the whole game and he didn’t really do much there because no one would throw the ball over there,” Thompson said adding he felt like Ole Miss would look at him at returner. “He’s great at it. Some of his highlight video is in the return game.”
It was harder for Thompson to pinpoint a player in college or in the NFL that Davis reminds him of. He did think Davis reminded of Laquon Treadwell in the way he pursues the football when it’s in the air.
“In regards to his competitiveness and going after every football, Q reminds me of that in the way he plays,” Thompson said. “Is he as big and fast and strong as that right now? No, but he goes after every ball.”
For more on Davis, see Sunday’s print edition of the Oxford Citizen.