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Treyon Davis: “Changing the Mindset”

By Barry Every
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Treyon Davis a 6-foot, 163-pound safety/athlete recorded 76 tackles, two TFL’s, two INT’s, two FF’s and one FR as a junior.

It’s been a tough two years for Coach JT Pollock and the Ludowici (Ga.) Long County Football squad. The Blue Tide has finished (0-10) in each of the past two seasons, but it doesn’t end there. In their 15-year history, Long County has never made the GHSA playoffs. There best mark came in 2012 when they finished the season (5-5).


Coach Pollock came to Long County after 12 seasons at the helm of Baxley (Ga.) Appling County, there he posted a (89-49-2) record. Now he is challenged with the task of changing the mindset of a community that has produced low participation rates in football.

One standout returnee hopes to help Coach Pollock in his quest to change the culture in Ludowici. Treyon Davis a 6-foot, 163-pound safety/athlete recorded 76 tackles, two TFL’s, two INT’s, two FF’s and one FR as a junior. He also doubled as a part-time quarterback, linebacker and receiver. Davis has been a starter for the Blue Tide since game-eight of his freshman season.

“Davis is an exceptional young man with great leadership qualities that leads by example,” Pollock said. “He works hard in the weight room and is just such an honest and positive kid; he is just a joy to be around. We have a real chance of turning things around with someone like Davis on our team.”

Despite the absence of glorious history, the Blue Tide has produced college football talent. Georgia Tech starting safety Tariq Carpenter, only a sophomore, played for Long County. Treyon’s older brother Jamin Davis is a red-shirt freshman linebacker at Kentucky. Last year tight end Christian Bass signed with Carson-Newman and just two weeks ago athlete Kendall Lovett signed with Catawba

“We have a lot of kids that won’t go out for football here at Long County,” Davis explains. “I can walk through the hallways and spot several big dudes that don’t play for us. I can tap them on the shoulder and invite them to go out, but they won’t.”

Academically Davis holds a 3.3 GPA and is scheduled to take the SAT for the first time on March, 9. He also participates in track, running the 400-meters, 800-meters and the 4x400-meters. His relay team qualified for the GHSA-AAA State Finals last year.

“We had to play him at quarterback early during the season in order to run our triple-option attack,” Pollock said. “We eventually switched to a Wing-T allowing us to play him at receiver and safety. Because of his football smarts, skillset and leadership abilities I believe he is more of a defensive player. He is a hard hitting kid with good ball skills and good instincts.”

Though he lacks an offer at this time, that doesn’t mean there aren’t several schools keen on his skillset; Southern Conference rivals Georgia Southern and Georgia State keep in close contact. He has made three unofficial visits to Georgia State, two to Georgia Tech and one each to Georgia Southern, Hampton and Wofford. Every college Davis has visited is looking at him as a safety.

Last spring he attended college camps at Kentucky and Lenoir-Rhyne while also taking part in the Three-Stripe Combine. As of right now he plans on attending future camps at Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Wofford.

“He still needs to put on some weight, but what he currently lacks in size he makes up with his physicality,” Pollock said. “He has a really strong lower body and a nice frame; I can see him as a nickel safety or even growing into an outside linebacker. Because of his intelligence and physicality he definitely has a chance of making it at the next level. Davis is also a big reason why we can turn it around here at Long County.”

Recruiting usually takes care of itself. If a high school football player in Georgia has the ability and is solid in the classroom college coaches he will be found by college recruiters. But what really matters to Davis right now is playing his role in turning Long County into a winner on the gridiron.

“I’ve had other high schools contact me about playing for them, But I can’t do that,” Davis said. “I want to be able to say I helped change things here at Long County. We have to just do the little things and if we don’t, do it again until we fix it. I really want to win here, as do a lot of my teammates. I have to communicate with my teammates and really look after the younger players.”

Davis excels in coverage and as a tackler, but he realizes his skillset can always improve. That is why he is participating on the Greed-D-Boyz U18 7-on-7 team at safety. Just last week he helped guide his team to a (3-1) mark at a tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. Next up for Davis and his 912 cohorts is a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where they hope to hone their skills while bringing home some hardware.

Having covered over 100 games in South Georgia over the last six years, I can honestly say that almost every GHSA school south of the gnat-line has prospects. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a pair of GHSA-A teams playing or the big boys from Region 1-AAAAAAA. Unfortunately grades weed out many potential prospects, that won’t be a problem for Davis.