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David played high school football with Miami Hurricane quarterback Jacory Harris. Together, the two helped the annually talented Miami Northwestern Bulls to undefeated seasons in 2006 and 2007. They won two state tiles. Sports Illustrated and USA Today named the Bulls their national champions in 2007.
“You’re not going to trick him. He’s very football-savvy. He understands. He’s just a student of the game.” — Fort Scott offensive coordinator Curtis Horton
He’s been named to the Jayhawk all-conference team the past two years. He ranked second among all conference defenders by recording 67 tackles in seven league games. David was a first-team NJCAA All-American last year, too. He’ll have two years of eligibility when he arrives on the NU campus this summer, when he’ll join former Fort Scott teammates Jermarcus Hardrick and Brandon Kinnie. David chose Nebraska over Kansas State and Kansas, among others.
Learning the linebacker position at Nebraska can take time, and David doesn’t have a lot to spare. He can redshirt, which is a likely possibility for any first-year player with little exposure to coach Bo Pelini’s scheme. There won’t be a lot of open spots either. The Huskers often field just one linebacker at a time. His instinctive nature will aid him as he makes the transition, but David may have to wait to make an impact on defense.