So perhaps it’s fitting that Davis plans to become a part of another piece of football history about 400 miles south. Earlier this month, the Bulldogs offensive guard committed to play at UNC Charlotte, which this fall will field its first football team since 1948.
Davis is part of the the 49ers’ second recruiting class and is expected to be on the roster for the program’s final season in the Football Championship Subdivision. In 2015, the team will move up to play in the Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of Conference USA.
“I really liked the coaching staff and how caring they were,” Davis said. “They just don’t care about sports; they care about academics and your character.”
Davis, who also held offers from Toledo and Old Dominion, visited UNC Charlotte during the weekend of June 15-16 and immediately fell in love with the campus. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder said the 49er coaches plan to play him at the guard position on the line.
“I think they liked my foot speed and athleticism and how I can make snap decisions on the field,” Davis said.
Last season, Davis helped the Bulldogs gain 3,368 yards on the ground and reach the Virginia AAA Division 5 title game. Boasting an impressive package of size, strength and speed, Thompson believes Davis has the chance to surpass the likes of former Bulldog and current Philadelphia Eagle offensive lineman Ed Wang, who starred at Virginia Tech before becoming the first Chinese-American to be drafted in the NFL.
“Nate could end up being the best offensive lineman to play at Stone Bridge,” Thompson said. “That’s how much talent he has.”
Davis isn’t the only gifted player returning to Stone Bridge’s offensive line. Joining him are center Connor Smith and rising seniors Nick Sobhani and Mike Hickey to make up a unit that is expected to carry an average weight of about 290 pounds.