Thursday, January 25, 2018

You'll Get A 'Kick' Out Of This Recruit

Connor Davis, a decorated kicker from Forest High School in Ocala, Fla., has tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth HERE. Find his highlights HERE.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Davis set a school record with a 52-yard field goal, converted field goals of 49, 48, 43 and 30 yards in one game and set a county record with 13 field goals in a season. He was selected to the 2016/2017 all-state first team by both the Associated Press and USA Today. He can also punt, averaging 40.7 yards as a senior and winning the punting competition at the Harvard Specialist Camp.

Over his career he made 24-of-28 field goal attempts with five longer than 45 yards and 10 longer than 40. He had just one block. He was a perfect 47-of-47 on PATs.

Davis' father is Judd Davis, a former University of Florida kicker and the second winner of the 1993 Lou Groza Award as the best kicker in college football.

Davis was chosen for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North/South Football All-Star Classic and the 352 Pigskin All-Star Classic. There's a terrific story about Davis in the Ocala Star Banner HERE and another ranking him as the No. 1 kicker in the country as a junior HERE.

Davis reported offers from Air Force and Charlotte in addition to Dartmouth.

More news out of Florida – former Dartmouth safety Charlie Miller '16 has signed a reserve/future contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Find Miller's page on the Jags' site HERE.

What is a reserve/future contract? Glad you asked. From RotoWorld:
When a player is signed to a reserve/future contract that means they are being signed for the upcoming season. It’s typically a one- or two-year deal at the league minimum based on number of years of experience in the NFL. Only players who were not on any team’s active roster at the end of the season are eligible to sign reserve/future contracts. Players who typically sign these deals were on practice squads, but we’ll also see a few veterans sprinkled into the mix. These players that sign reserve/future deals are added to their respective teams’ “active” rosters on the first day of the new league year, which happens to be March 7, 2016 this season. Most players who sign reserve/future contracts end up getting cut during the summer, but we’ve seen a few players survive into the regular season.
(Huge thanks to those who shared tips on both of today's stories.)