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2tone
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Post #1
Friday September 12, 2014 7:18pm

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Sports Illustrated has an article up about a 4 star wide receiver who has opted to play Soccer instead of Football in high school.

Drake Davis is the #27 prospect in the class of 2016 for Division 1 Football. He has had scholarship offers from Alabama, Vriginia Tech, Miami, Florida State, and a slew of other top Football programs. He had to notify inquiring College football programs that he has opted to play soccer instead of football.

He stands at 6'2" and weighs 210 pounds. He is also considered a top prospect for Division 1 College soccer.

As soccer continues to grow in this country I firmly believe you will see more and more top athletes opting for soccer.

navi8132
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Post #2
Friday September 12, 2014 7:21pm

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What's his 40 sprint?

2tone
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Post #3
Friday September 12, 2014 7:26pm

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Doesn't give details about what position he play's in Soccer.

I have no idea what his 40 is. 40 yard sprints aren't used in soccer they do 25 and 35 yard sprints and short 5 and 10 yard sprints to measure quickness.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #4
Friday September 12, 2014 7:36pm

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Hopefully Travis Clark or somebody else at Top Drawer will interview him, im curious to the actual story.

dunlopp9987
Post #5
Friday September 12, 2014 7:38pm

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I think the title of this article should be "One of America's top athletes is now opting to play soccer." This is great news, yes, but it's still going to be a long time before this starts to become a more common occurance.
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2tone
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Post #6
Friday September 12, 2014 7:42pm

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I just read another article about him on the bleacher report. And in that article Davis himself states that he is 6'5" and can run a 40 in 4.35 seconds.

It states that he is focusing on soccer and dropped Football this fall. Don't know if that means he is in an academy or he is playing high school soccer.

It stated that he is a top division 1 soccer recruit, but since it is a College Football article, it doesn't mention what position he plays in soccer. But hell 6'5" 210 pounds and can run a 40 in 4.35 seconds? He could be a beast at FWD, winger, CB, or CM.

2tone
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Post #7
Friday September 12, 2014 7:44pm

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Original post from dunlopp9987

I think the title of this article should be "One of America's top athletes is now opting to play soccer." This is great news, yes, but it's still going to be a long time before this starts to become a more common occurance.


I meant to add a ? Meaning is it a new trend.

tylercocinas
Post #8
Friday September 12, 2014 7:45pm

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It's interesting that there isn't much information on him on the college soccer recruiting websites. I'm looking forward to seeing what the evaluations of his talent are. He's got all the physical assets so if he's got a modicum of talent to go along with that he could be quite dangerous.

recycledhumans
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Post #9
Friday September 12, 2014 7:47pm

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Original post from 2tone

Doesn't give details about what position he play's in Soccer.

I have no idea what his 40 is. 40 yard sprints aren't used in soccer they do 25 and 35 yard sprints and short 5 and 10 yard sprints to measure quickness.


6'2 and 210? If he's not a central defender then he's a striker, could be a GK but given that he's a highly rated WR I have to imagine he's got too much pace to be stuck in goal.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #10
Friday September 12, 2014 8:00pm

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If his technical ability is lacking, he's not going to be a beast anywhere on the field. So why dont we find out about that aspect of his game first, which also happens to be the most important, before we play the "could be" and "might be" game.

Does anybody know where he's playing his club ball?

CBoyd3142
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Post #11
Friday September 12, 2014 8:04pm

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Interesting - a lot of people believe the concussion issue in football is going to see top athletes previously inclined to the gridiron move to other sports. Not that the issue is non-existent in soccer, but obviously much less so. Let's hope guys like him who clearly have superior physical tools for football also have the patience and intelligence and touch to excel in futbol.
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stone88
Post #12
Friday September 12, 2014 8:08pm

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yes yes, but how's his "soccering" skills?

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #13
Friday September 12, 2014 8:14pm

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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

If his technical ability is lacking, he's not going to be a beast anywhere on the field. So why dont we find out about that aspect of his game first, which also happens to be the most important, before we play the "could be" and "might be" game.

Does anybody know where he's playing his club ball?


I thought "could be" would imply what you wrote. But yes we don't know enough to say he "will" be a beast.

2tone
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Post #14
Friday September 12, 2014 8:20pm

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Well. I am just taking a guess here: I would imagine that someone of importance in the soccer community has seen this kid play, and has stated that if he were drop other sports that he could have a future in soccer. Because he has dropped Fall Football focus on Soccer. Usually high school soccer is played in the Spring. So again just taking a guess here, but I would imagine he might be in an Academy situation which means he is playing from Fall until Spring.

Just want to add that he is 16 years old. Plenty of time to work on those technical skills.

blaise213
Post #15
Friday September 12, 2014 8:28pm

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Original post from 2tone

As soccer continues to grow in this country I firmly believe you will see more and more top athletes opting for soccer.


It will happen faster when you start putting futsal courts in the hood!

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