MIDWEST CITY — Midwest City's Ronnie Davis has the talent to play quarterback for the Bombers. He's put the work in the film room to become a quality cornerback.
So finally for Davis, he has options. It's not something he's had before. He stands out on film and stands out in person, but he's never had a chance for the numbers to back him up.
While other players in the Super 30 list have racked up eye-popping numbers, Davis' line is rather unassuming — 32 tackles and two interceptions.
But now that it's Davis' turn, the numbers will follow, and he comes in at No. 20 on The Oklahoman's list for the class of 2012.
“He's a good player to build around on both sides of the ball,” running back James Flanders said.
Flanders, a Tulsa commit, has no doubt this is going to be the breakout year for his teammate. Flanders said the first time he saw Davis play back in seventh grade, Flanders knew Davis was going to be something special.
The problem was the only position Davis knew before last season was quarterback. And with Greg Austin, a Southern Nazarene signee, manning that spot, Davis didn't have a choice. He had to find somewhere new.
“It was sort of frustrating at times, but it helped, too,” Davis said. “It helped me build my character and helped me learn about what being a team player is all about.”
This year, though, the Bombers are going to need Davis to be a little selfish. The biggest question isn't if Davis is going to play, but where?
Davis is in competition for the starting quarterback position, while he has turned some recruiting heads with his play at defensive back.
He'll put aside personal glory for the good of the team because he said he simply wants to play — any position will do.
Paired with Ricky Reeves, the duo was solid for the Bombers last year. Davis learned he could use what he knows about the quarterback position and put it to good use in the secondary.
“I had to learn the position last year, but I used my experience to help me,” Davis said. “I knew what the quarterbacks were thinking, and I could bait them to set up plays for myself.”
With only last year to fall back on, Davis wasn't sure how heavy the interest was going to be on the recruiting trail. He's doing alright.
Davis said the first team to contact him was Arizona in the offseason and that changed his perspective heading into this year.
It's no longer about teammates and coaches saying he has the potential to play at the next level; now it's being confirmed by big-time universities.
“I can't stop working hard now. I have too much to gain,” Davis said. “We have the potential for a real special year. This is our senior season, and we want to represent the Bombers.”
THE OKLAHOMAN'S SUPER 30: NO. 20
Name: Ronnie Davis
School: Midwest City
Weight: 170 pounds
Position: Defensive back
Offers: None but has attracted attention via performances at recruiting camps