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Glenelg OL Dakota Davis aims to impress at U.S. Army National Combine

The invitation Glenelg junior offensive lineman Dakota Davis received called for a different type of training.

In the Gladiators’ run-heavy scheme, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound mauler is usually firing off the ball. But when Davis joins 600 national prospects at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio on Thursday, he’ll need to be comfortable kick-sliding backward in pass protection.

When Coach Butch Schaffer heard his nomination for the invite only combine was approved, he arranged time with Davis to polish up technique.

“He’s going to perform well. He understands what it is,” Schaffer said. “He’s got really good fundamentals. It’s some of the things that we don’t get to show a lot during the regular season.”

Schaffer also coached Davis the attitude he’ll carry into one-on-one drills Friday at the Alamodome.

“He said it’s a really big opportunity. You just got to be nasty,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to it a lot just to show what I have.”

What Davis has is a strong work ethic and a sense for opportunity. Before All-Met tackle David Robins graduated in 2015, he brought attention to the offensive line at Glenelg. Davis cracked the starting lineup as a sophomore while observing how Robbins earned a scholarship to Florida State.

“Now he’s taking that leadership role and trying to improve every day,” Schaffer said. “He’s done a tremendous job of getting stronger, quicker and more aggressive.”

The day offers national exposure for Davis, a rising recruit who is already garnering invitations to college football camps at major schools.

“We’ve already had a lot of big-time programs inquire,” Schaffer said.


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