Stone Bridge senior Nate Davis didn’t let the summer end before making his decision to commit to UNC-Charlotte. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder and the Bulldogs will take on Broad Run Friday in a second-round Virginia 5A North region matchup.
No. 11 Stone Bridge (9-2) defeated Broad Run (8-3) earlier in the regular season and a win against coach Mickey Thompson’s alma mater will pit them against either Mountain View or No. 4 Briar Woods in the region semifinals. The Bulldogs offensive lineman is a major part of a five-man front that has opened gaping holes for a run game that has gained 3,180 yards and 40 touchdowns through 11 games. Recruiting Insider spoke with Davis about his senior season, the playoffs and his commitment.
Recruiting Insider: You narrowly lost in the state championship last season to Lake Taylor, 20-14. How have you used that as motivation this year?
Nate Davis: It’s motivated us a lot. For the senior class and I, we really wanted to show people that we could be a high caliber team even without the large amount of seniors we lost.
RI: This is your second year blocking for Sterling Dailey (1,873 yards, 19 TDs) What has the experience been like blocking for such a speedy back?
Davis: It’s been awesome blocking for him. The brotherhood that we have you can’t really duplicate.
RI: You are big and bruising on the offensive line. You had offers from Toledo and Old Dominion, but why are you heading to UNC-Charlotte?
Davis: It’s a new and upcoming program, and the coaches really want me there. I didn’t want to go anywhere where coaches didn’t want me that much, and UNC-Charlotte really showed an interest in me. It seemed like they have a really good plan the next couple of years [moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2015 in Conference-USA].
RI: Are your parents happy that you’re staying closer to home and not leaving the east coast?
Davis: They’ll be moving down with me too, actually. At first, I wasn’t too happy, but at the end of the day it’s nice to have your parents close to you. It will be an easier transition with them nearby.
RI: You guys beat your first-round opponent handily. What are you looking forward to in this Broad Run matchup?
Davis: We want to go out there and show that we are a force to be reckoned with and we’re the better team.
RI: I know you are trained not to look ahead, but if you were to face No. 4 Briar Woods next week, how big of a matchup would that be?
Davis: That would definitely be a big game. Both programs have been winning for a few years, so we’re definitely going to show out if it happens.
RI: Do you have any friends on the Briar Woods team?
RI: What has it been like playing for coach Mickey Thompson in your two varsity seasons?
Davis: It’s the best. He definitely shows two sides to him, a very serious side and a real lighthearted side.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 190
The number of wins Loudoun County’s volleyball team has posted over the last seven seasons. The Raiders are shooting for their sixth state title in seven years as they take on Grafton in the Virginia 4A semifinals at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond. Read about how they scout opponents here in a story by our own Tom Schad.
– 6A Langley and 5A Stone Bridge both advanced to Saturday’s state finals at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Get full story here.
– Theodore Roosevelt basketball players Johnnie Shuler and Jibreel Faulkner signed National Letters-of-Intent Wednesday to play at La Salle and Cal State Northridge, respectively.
–Woodrow Wilson swept Banneker Tuesday for its sixth straight DCIAA volleyball title.
VIDEO OF THE DAY:
Check Woodbridge DL Da’Shawn Hand’s year in sacks. In case you missed it, Hand is headed to Alabama in the fall.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Volleyball: Broad Run will face Atlee in the 5A semifinals at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on VCU’s campus Thursday at 11 a.m. An undefeated Loudoun County team will take on Grafton at 1 p.m. in the 4A semifinals immediately following that match. Follow Post reporter @TariqYLee for updates of Thursday’s matchups.