Daniel Davie, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback/wide receiver out of Beatrice High School, also had scholarship offers from Kansas, Ohio and North Dakota State. At the time of his commitment, he joined Crete offensive lineman Ryne Reeves on the list of in-state commitments.
“He’s blessed with a tremendous amount of speed and great explosiveness," Beatrice coach Bob Sexton said. "We’ve never seen a kid here with this type of speed.”
Nebraska may be able to thank the decline of the automobile industry for landing Davie. Confused? Davie moved to Beatrice from Detroit before his sophomore year when things began getting shaky in the auto business — his father’s profession. NU’s move to the Big Ten, an area of the country Davie knows well, didn’t hurt. Davie’s father played basketball at Drake.
Davie was a summer camp sensation, registering a 39-inch vertical jump and a 4.23 40-yard dash during a team camp at North Dakota State. It’s one of the main reasons, Sexton believes, that Nebraska will try him out at receiver first. “He can run right by you,” the coach said. Although he had minor shoulder surgery once football was over, Davie is expected to be in top form when track season begins. He earned the all-class gold medal in the 100-meter dash at last year’s state meet. Davie rushed for more than 1,100 yards and had 16 touchdowns.
Davie rushed for 1,105 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2010, including a 265-yard game in the playoffs. The all-state selection also shook of a complete shoulder dislocation his senior year and played in the following game. Davie won the all-class gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters at the Nebraska high school track meet, then went to football camp at Kansas and ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard.
Rivals.com lists Davie as a safety prospect and ranks him with three stars. He’s rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Nebraska behind fellow Husker signees Ryne Reeves and Zach Sterup.
Davie woke up on signing day and while still in his pajamas signed his letter of intent at the kitchen table with his family, went to his school — which was canceled Wednesday due to weather — and met his coach to fax it to NU.
Davie said he plans to study journalism at NU.
Our take: If Davie can catch, he’ll get his shot at receiver. But he’ll also be asked to block in the physical Big Ten. If that becomes an issue, don’t expect Bo Pelini and his defensive staff to wait long before pouncing on Davie’s athleticism for their side of the ball. Learning the playbook will go a long way in deciding if he’ll be fitted for a redshirt.
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