Deciding where to continue your athletic career at the collegiate level can be a strenuous task for any high school student-athlete.
With his final season at Joplin High School in the near future, senior running back Isaiah Davis wanted to eliminate any chance of distraction by announcing his commitment to Division I South Dakota State University via Twitter on Thursday.
“I was not going to give my commitment until I went to the VIP day,” Davis said. “I loved that visit, and so did my parents.
“It was a big relief. Where you decide to go to college can be very stressful. It felt great to get this decision off my shoulders. My senior year will be easier knowing I have collegiate future set for me.”
Davis was getting looks from several different programs, but his decision to join the Jackrabbits came down to the energy he felt after meeting the coaches and players.
“Every college (I visited) had nice facilities, a nice locker room and a nice field,” Davis said. “Every program talked about the family atmosphere, but it just felt different at South Dakota State. As soon as I got there, the players were really welcoming and honest with us when we asked questions. It showed that they really cared about us and wanted us to be there.
“The coaches were crazy, too. When I called and gave my commitment, I could hear them screaming because they were so excited. It put a big smile on my face.”
The plan for Davis is to continue lining up at running back for SDSU. The Jackrabbits also plan to use Davis’ versatility as a fullback and tight end, depending on the offensive package.
Davis is coming off a stellar junior season for the Eagles, rushing for a team-high 1,676 yards on 203 carries. He found the end zone 28 times on the way to helping Joplin to a 10-3 record and a final four finish in the Class 6 state tournament.
Davis and the senior-laden Eagles are eager to get back on the gridiron in order to reproduce and build upon the success from a year ago.
“This last year is going to be about my teammates and coaches,” Davis said. “We have goals, we are chasing a ring. After coming up short last year, we know what we have to work on to improve in order to reach our goals.”