LAURINBURG — Domenique Davis didn’t think he wanted to play football at first, when his father urged him to play as a kid. But then Davis joined a Scotland County Parks and Recreation team at age 8, and it has turned out well for him.
“Ever since then it’s been all about football,” Davis said on Wednesday, after he officially committed to play football with Shaw University in Raleigh in the fall.
Davis will play defensive end at Shaw, which competes in the CIAA in the NCAA Division II. During his time at Scotland, Davis rotated throughout all the defensive line positions, spending time at nose guard, tackle and end. He said he has played on the defensive side of the ball ever since he started in the recreation league, owing to his large size.
Davis was recruited by a couple of other schools, including St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh and Catawba College in Salisbury. He said deciding on which school he wanted to attend was a long process, and something that he spent about six weeks thinking about. Ultimately, there was one thing about Shaw that pushed it ahead of the others.
“I really like the coaching staff up there,” Davis said.
His most memorable moment, Davis said, was getting to play in the state championship game at N.C. State this season, where he came up with 10 tackles and one sack. He said this season’s defense was the best unit he played on during his time with the Scots.
“We were underrated most of the year. People didn’t expect us to do as well as we did,” Davis said.
Davis was selected for the Southeastern Conference All-Conference team at the end of the season. He plans to major in sports management and hopes to eventually work as a trainer.
Tyson to run track at UNC Charlotte
When any of Jalen Tyson’s coaches describe him, they almost always mention that the wide receiver has “track speed.” And for good reason. Tyson, who played on both the football and track teams at Scotland, officially committed to UNC Charlotte on Wednesday, where he will run with the track team and walk-on with the football team.
Tyson was originally planning to attend Winston-Salem State, but then received an offer from the 49ers that led him to choose the school in Charlotte, which competes in Conference USA of Division I.
“He’s a football guy but he’s a big track guy as well,” Scotland football and track coach Richard Bailey said.
Tyson was named to the track All-Conference squad after his junior season, and runs the 100-meter and 200-meter sprint and relays. His fastest time on the 100-meter so far is a 10.74, and his fastest on the 200-meter is 22.01.
Tyson wanted to give a nod to Trey McRae, a former high-jumper at Scotland that Tyson said helped him get into UNC Charlotte.
As a football player, Tyson came up with 22 receptions for 402 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season. He was named to the All-Conference team for his efforts.